‘No misunderstanding between Nepal, India’

  • oli says after meeting indian pm
- SURESH RAJ NEUPANE, Chandra Shekhar Adhikari, New Delhi

Apr 7, 2018-Prime Minister KP Sharma Oli has said there remains no misunderstanding between Nepal and India as such issues between the two neighbours had already been cleared.

Talking to journalists at the Nepali Embassy after a one-to-one meeting with his Indian counterpart Narendra Modi here on Friday evening, Oli said their discussion mainly centred on how to strengthen Nepal-India relations. “He [Modi] was also clear that India would move ahead in good relations with Nepal,” PM Oli said.

The two prime ministers met for nearly one hour at the Indian PM’s official residence at Seven, Lok Kalyan Marg. According to Oli, they discussed ways to take forward ties for mutual benefit.

Stating that Nepal sought India’s cooperation and support for its development endeavours, Oli said, “As misunderstanding between the two countries has already ended, bilateral ties should be taken to a new high through confidence.”

Sources said Oli conveyed to Modi that Nepal would address India’s genuine concerns over security and other matters. During the meeting, the Indian PM assured Oli that India would assist Nepal in its quest for prosperity and development. Modi is learnt to have conveyed his message that India was ready to support the bid of the new government in Kathmandu to make Nepal a prosperous and developed nation.

Modi reportedly said India welcomed the recent elections in Nepal while both the sides should move ahead putting behind their past issues, mainly related to the new constitution promulgated in 2015.

“Delighted to meet the Prime Minister of Nepal, Mr K P Sharma Oli,” Modi tweeted while posting four photographs of them meeting at the Indian PM’s residence. 

Modi put forth his views on border issues. Stating that India could invest in big projects in Nepal, Modi urged his Nepali counterpart to take the concerns of Indian investors seriously.

Both the PMs will sit for delegation level talks on Saturday at Hyderabad House where India is expected to announce assistance on three issues. Three pacts related to agriculture research and development and education and training, exploring the possibility of inland water navigation up to Indian ports from Nepal, and extension of the Indian railway up to Kathmandu are expected to be signed on Saturday. 

The two prime ministers will remotely inaugurate the Integrated Check Post at Birgunj. However, joint foundation laying for the Arun III hydroelectricity project has been postponed after the Nepali side expressed reservations. Diplomatic sources said both the sides had agreed that Modi would visit Nepal for the purpose. 

Oli landed in New Delhi on Friday on a three-day state visit. Indian Home Minister Rajnath Singh and State Minister for Finance Shiv Pratap Shukla received him at the Indira Gandhi International Airport.

Published: 07-04-2018 07:11

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