India never followed policy of expansionism, Rajnath Singh assures Nepal

India has never followed the "policy of expansionism", Home Minister Rajnath Singh on Thursday assured Nepal as he emphasised that security of the two nations are intrinsically linked and there is a need for more focused effort to check terror activities along the border.

PTI| Updated: Sep 18, 2014, 21:10 PM IST

Kathmandu: India has never followed the "policy of expansionism", Home Minister Rajnath Singh on Thursday assured Nepal as he emphasised that security of the two nations are intrinsically linked and there is a need for more focused effort to check terror activities along the border.

"It is evident from the history that India has never followed the policy of expansionism," Singh said when he called on Prime Minister Sushil Koirala here and discussed bilateral issues and areas of mutual cooperation.

Singh, who is here to attend 6th SAARC Home Minister's conference tomorrow, said that there is enormous goodwill for Nepal in India and both the nations will work to achieve peace, stability and prosperity in this country.

Emphasising that security of Nepal and India are intrinsically linked, Singh said, "There is need for more focused effort to control the activities of criminal elements, terrorists and insurgent groups along the Indo-Nepal border."

He also expressed concern on smuggling of fake currency notes and human trafficking and said a bilateral mechanism should be evolved to deal with the issues.

The Home Minister promised full support to the Nepal Government for strengthening the capability of its police and the Armed Police Force.

He, however, expressed concern on the growth of religious fundamentalism in the border areas.

"During the meeting both the leaders shared the view that Nepal-India relations are natural, diverse and spontaneous," Koirala's Foreign Affairs Advisor Dinesh Bhattarai told a news agency after the meeting.

Koirala also briefed Singh about Nepal's Constitution drafting process and said that he has taken initiative to forge consensus on it.

The Home Minister said India very much respects Nepal's sovereignty.

Singh also met his Nepalese counterpart and Deputy Prime Minister Bam Dev Gautam and discussed bilateral issues.

Gautam said that several steps have been taken by Nepal to check cross-border crimes.

He assured full cooperation to India and said there will be no security threat to it due to Nepal.

In the meeting, Singh also underlined the need for construction of missing border pillars and expressed hope that the Surveyor Generals of both the countries, who are meeting in Kathmandu, will reach consensus on disputed areas.

The Home Minister thanked the Nepal Government for its timely cooperation in averting a catastrophic flood in Bihar last month, an official statement said.

He offered greater cooperation in disaster management to Nepal and underlined the need to establish a bilateral mechanism for it.

Singh suggested that a need assessment team for disaster management should be set up in both the countries.