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Committed to strengthening relations: Dahal
-, New delhi
Sep 17, 2016-Prime Minister Pushpa Kamal Dahal said on Friday that his government was committed to strengthening ties with neighbours and forging an enduring partnership with India.
During a joint media briefing after his meeting with Indian Prime Minister Modi at Hyderabad House in New Delhi, PM Dahal said, “The Nepali side exchanged substantive views on taking concrete steps to elevate bilateral relations to a new height in all spheres—political, economic, social and cultural.”
PM Dahal arrived in New Delhi on Thursday on a four-day state visit.
“We shared the view that given our deep and extensive relationship, a meaningful partnership between our two countries is crucial to unlock huge potential that we have for our mutual benefits. I am convinced that without economic prosperity, political transformation cannot be sustainable,” said Dahal. “We realise that a peaceful, stable, democratic and prosperous Nepal contributes to peace and stability in the neighbourhood and beyond.”
While stressing Nepal’s friendly ties with India, PM Dahal said that during his meeting with Modi he shared that trust and confidence are the pre-requisites of strong and sustainable friendly relations. “And to ensure this, we should respect each other’s sensitivities and concerns in a spirit of good neighbourliness,” said Dahal.
“We exchanged views on our respective ‘neighbourhood first’ policies and agreed that this common orientation in our policies should lead to a greater and mutually beneficial partnership for the 21st century based on trust and open dialogue,” Dahal added.
Before heading for New Delhi, Dahal had said in Kathmandu that the main objective of his visit to India was trust building, boosting confidence and improving ties. At a reception hosted by the Embassy of Nepal in New Delhi on Thursday, Dahal had reiterated the same.
The Dahal government, which was formed last month, has pledged to register an amendment proposal in the Legislature-Parliament to address the concerns of the agitating Madhesi, Janajati and Tharu groups.
“You are aware that my government has made serious efforts to bring everyone on board as we enter the phase of constitution implementation in the interest of all segments of Nepali society,” said PM Dahal.
Published: 17-09-2016 09:46