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India never interfered in Nepal’s internal matters: Rae

- Post Report, Kathmandu

Jan 26, 2017-

India has never interfered in Nepal’s internal matters as some often tend to say, Indian Ambassador Ranjit Rae said on Wednesday while talking to reporters in Kathmandu on the eve of India’s 68th Republic Day. 

“Yes, we keep on hearing in Kathmandu during some political speeches that India interferes in Nepal’s matters; but Nepali people do not think that way,” said Rae who is set to complete his three-year tenure as Indian ambassador in February-end. “India has never sought to interfere in Nepal’s political affairs; India, however, has always been cooperative with the intention to resolve whatever crisis Nepal faces.”

While sharing India’s interest in Nepal, the envoy said that Nepal and 

India must work closely in order to boost all-round development process of both the countries. 

“All aspects of social, cultural, economic relations between two countries have been true and extraordinary, and we want this to be always positive and progressive.” he continued. “Instability in Nepal won’t benefit India. So, we hope whatever political changes, conflicts and dilemmas Nepal is currently facing, are resolved as soon as possible. It will be beneficial for progressive change for both countries.” he added.

He also informed that the Detailed Project Report (DPR) of the Pancheshwar Multi-purpose Project is in the final stage and that if the project is implemented, it will incubate several developmental chains in the far-west region as well whole of Nepal. He also mentioned that the project has gain local support.

The proposal to build Pancheshwar Multi-purpose Project on the Mahakali River in far-western Nepal had been floated by Nepal and India almost two decades ago. However, the project had failed to make progress for various reasons. 

The Pancheshwar Multi-purpose Project is expected to generate 5,000MW of electricity.

 “I believe this mega development will strengthen economic cooperation between the two countries and will lay the foundation for further economic development in future,” Rae said. 

Published: 26-01-2017 08:29

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