MEA: Modi believes in multilayer diplomacy

- Devendra Bhattarai, New Delhi

Nov 23, 2014-

Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi believes in multilayer diplomacy and his visit to Kathmandu for the Saarc Summit will focus on multilayer interactions said India’s External Affairs Ministry spokesperson Sayed Akbaruddin.

Speaking with media persons in New Delhi on Sunday to brief on the Saarc Summit, Akbaruddin said that they would like to engage proactively and expand cooperation with member states in economic, cultural and technical fields.

He also hinted at the possibility of interacting with Pakistani leaders during the summit, particularly during the retreat in Dhulikhel where leaders are expected to discuss bilateral and multilateral issues. When asked about Modi’s visit outside Kathmandu being cancelled, he said that the PM’s itinerary was only finalised on Saturday night.

“We are quite aware about all kind of concerns expressed in Nepal regarding his visit outside Kathmandu,” Akbaruddin said, adding that the Indian Ambassador to Nepal Ranjit Rae on Sunday met Prime Minister Sushil Koirala to convey the message of cancellation. “We are geographically interlinked so this cancellation should not change our relations,” he said.

Abay Thakur, a joint secretary who oversees Nepal and Bhutan, said that a proposal to build a Buddhist Circuit linking Lumbini- Sarnath-Bodhgaya is being discussed with the Nepal government. PM Modi who will be arriving in Kathmandu on Tuesday will be accompanied by National Security Adviser Ajit Doval and other senior government officials.

Akbaruddin noted that several achievements were made since Modi visited Kathmandu some four months ago, giving the example of signing Power Trade Agreement with India and Power Development Agreement of Upper Karnali hydroelectricity project.

“It shows that Prime Minister Modi wants to further the relation we have with Nepal. These positive developments have helped build mutual trust”, the joint secretary said.

Modi will engage in several bilateral and multilateral events in Kathmandu. He will be handing over the trauma centre, before returning to New Delhi on Thursday.    

Joint Secretary Thakur said that Modi was unable to visit outside Kathmandu due to his busy schedule of several bilateral meetings while in the Capital.

Modi will be holding meetings with senior leaders of major political parties on the sidelines of the Saarc Summit. Thakur also clarified that cancellation of PM’s visit outside Kathmandu was not due to security reasons.

Published: 24-11-2014 09:11

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