Will step up development, cooperation with Nepal: PM

Krishnanand Tripathi
Prime Minister Narendra Modi with his Nepalese counterpart Pushp Kamal Dahal in New Delhi on September 16, 2016.

Prime Minister Narendra Modi with his Nepalese counterpart Pushp Kamal Dahal in New Delhi on September 16, 2016.

Prime Minister Narendra Modi today held wide ranging talks with his Nepalese counterpart Pushpa Kamal Dahal ‘Prachanda’ on key issues including the political process in the Himalayan nation and ways to strengthen ties.

Prime Minister Narendra Modi also assured his Nepalese counterpart full cooperation in Nepal’s developmental needs.

Addressing a joint press conference in New Delhi, Prime Minister Modi said: “India stands ready and prepared to strengthen development partrnership with Nepal.”

Elaborating about the bilateral talks, Prime Minister said that both the sides had agreed to focus on close monitoring and timely completion of all development projects.

PM Modi said that he was confident that Friday’s discussion would further cement centuries old relations of the two countries and and write a new and glorious chapter of partnership.

The two sides reviewed the full spectrum of relations during delegation level talks at Hyderabad House here, External Affairs Ministry spokesperson Vikas Swarup tweeted.

Prachanda, who arrived here yesterday on a four-day visit, was earlier given a ceremonial welcome at the forecourt of Rashtrapati Bhavan.

External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj also called on Prachanda, who was elected as premier for the second time last month, at the Rashtrapati Bhavan.

MEA spokesperson Vikas Swarup tweeted: “Infusing fresh energy into a special relationship. PM @narendramodi receives Nepal PM Pushpa Kamal Dahal Prachanda.”

Yesterday, the government said that Nepal’s Constitution making process was an “internal issue” which the Nepalese citizens will decide and that India has never been “prescriptive”.

Addressing the Nepalese diaspora at an event, Prachanda said the top focus of the new dispensation led by him was to create the “right atmosphere” before the implementation of the Constitution and pave the way for necessary amendments.
“Till the time we don’t take the Tharus, Madhesis and janjatis into confidence and address their legitimate demands, the atmosphere cannot be created for implementation of the new Constitution,” he had said.