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Dialogues can help resolve bilateral issues with Nepal: India

PTI | Last Updated: Monday, January 27, 2014 - 19:43

Kathmandu: Dialogue and intense engagements can help resolve any problems between India and Nepal, which should work hand in hand to address issues like poverty, Indian Ambassador Ranjit Rae said Monday.

"Insecurity and political instability in one country can have immediate impact on the other country," he said adding dialogue and more intense engagement between the two countries are needed to sort out any bilateral issue.

There is immense opportunities for the two neighbouring countries to work together in this increasingly globalised and interdependent era, Rae said at an interaction programme here.

Leaders from Nepal`s political parties stressed up on the need to translate friendly bilateral ties into economic gains for both the countries.

"Unless there is common views and agenda among the political parties in Nepal regarding Nepal`s national interest and national priorities, we cannot utilise our relations with our neighbours, especially India, for our economic benefit," Nepali Congress general secretary Krishna Sitaula said.

India has always supported Nepal`s democratic movement, whether it be democratic struggle of 1950, Peoples Movement of 1990 or People`s Movement of 2006, said Sitaula said.

"Foreign investment will not come unless Nepal can guarantee security and return on their investment," he said on the topic "Nepal-India Relations Opportunities and Challenges".

Nepal?India relations provide tremendous opportunity for the country to move forward on the path of economic prosperity and overall development, he said.
Senior leader of CPN-UML KP Sharma Oli said "these days the opportunities in Nepal-India relations appear to be increasing where as challenges are lessening". He underlined the need to review the past agreements and understandings reached between the two countries which are "imperfect".

"If there are any issue between the two countries these should be tackled through diplomatic channels, instead of making them big issues," he said.

CP Gajurel, General Secretary of CPN-Maoist, the breakaway faction of UCPN-Maoist, made it clear that his party does not pursue anti-India policies and admitted that Nepal could not take proper benefit from its relations with India.

He also called for scrapping all unequal treaties signed between Nepal and India in the past.

First Published: Monday, January 27, 2014 - 19:43

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