Amid uneasy bilateral relations between India and Nepal, Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Monday made it clear to Nepal that India wanted to see Nepal as united, inclusive, stable and prosperous. PM Modi met Nepalese Deputy Prime Minister Kamal Thapa in New Delhi.
Conveying his best wishes to the new government that took over in Kathmandu about a week ago, PM Modi told Thapa that India was committed to strengthening the traditional bonds of friendship and kinship with the people of Nepal.
Thapa, who also holds the Foreign Affairs portfolio in Nepal, briefed PM Modi about the developments in his country. The Himalyan country has been witnessing turmoil in its southern parts inhabited by Indian-origin people ever since the country adopted a new Constitution.
“Prime Minister reiterated that India’s only desire is to see a united, inclusive, stable and prosperous Nepal, and that India is committed to strengthening the traditional bonds of friendship and kinship with the people of Nepal,” a PMO statement said.
PM Modi also congratulated Thapa on assuming charge as the Deputy Prime Minister and Foreign Minister of Nepal. The relations between India and Nepal are uneasy since the agitation by Indian-origin people in southern parts of Nepal like Terai, which has hit supplies of essential commodities to that country from India.
During his meeting with External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj, Thapa had expressed his concern over the obstruction in the supplies from the Indian side, especially petroleum oil lubricants. In the meet, Swaraj conveyed him that the “reduced or closure was due to the obstructions on the Nepalese side by the disaffected section of the Nepalese population.”
During the two-hour-long talks, Thapa informed Swaraj about the reconciliation efforts being made by the new Nepal government to settle outstanding differences through dialogue and ensuring broad-based ownership of the Constitution.
Swaraj also said that India was looking forward to the steps taken by Nepalese government to “credibly” address the challenges faced by the country especially in the Terai region.
The External Affairs Minister also affirmed that India was consistently supportive of Nepal’s ongoing political transition and bilateral cooperation initiatives.
(With inputs from PTI)