Positive sentiments were witnessed after extensive talks between Prime Minister of Nepal Pushpa Dahal Prachanda and Prime Minister of India Narendra Modi, who is on a four-day visit to India. In a joint press conference after the meeting, Modi said that we will continue to try to take our relations to the heights of the Himalayas and in this spirit we will resolve all issues, be it border related or other issues. PM Modi felt so confident after talks with his Nepali counterpart that he described their partnership as a hit.
Prime Minister Prachanda, on the other hand, appreciated Prime Minister Modi’s Neighborhood First policy and mentioned that the relations between the two countries are centuries old and multifaceted. The relations between the two countries stand on a solid foundation built on a rich tradition of age-old, cultural and socio-economic ties, while on the other hand, the two countries are based on the time-tested principles of sovereign equality, mutual respect, understanding and cooperation. is based on the firm commitment of
In fact, India and Nepal signed a total of seven agreements to increase cooperation in various fields, including expansion of petroleum pipeline, development of integrated check posts and increasing cooperation in hydropower. Both the leaders digitally inaugurated the Integrated Check Posts at Rupayindiha in India and Nepalgunj in Nepal. Both the leaders also flagged off a cargo train from Bathnaha in Bihar to Nepal Custom Yard. One of the agreements that was signed is the Revised Indo-Nepal Treaty of Transit. In this, along with new rail routes for the people of Nepal, a provision has also been made for India’s inland waterways facility. The truth is that now it is well understood by Nepal that India is its brother and China is its friend.
Whatever development project China runs in Nepal, it provides the amount of expenditure on its cost in the form of loan. But the interest of China’s loan is on such strict conditions that the financial system of the country which takes the loan starts moaning. On the other hand, India considers Nepal as its brother and does not take any amount as loan from Nepal for the expenditure it is spending. The second biggest thing is that no matter how close a friend China is, it does not trust China because China does not hesitate to cheat its friends and allies. This is the reason why the political establishment of China, who were friends of China a decade back, are turning a blind eye to it. Some politicians, intellectuals and businessmen of Nepal advocate China but the government has now come to know that whoever befriends China only focuses on making profit.
However, Prachanda’s Pata was also included in some of the communist parties that played an important role in spoiling the relations between India and Nepal, but in 2020, the way the then Prime Minister KP Sharma Oli started running the Prime Minister’s Office at the behest of China First of all, Prachanda’s head was shocked. He toppled Oli’s government only because he was not in favor of making Nepal a colony of China. Now the relations between the two countries are expected to increase in a positive way. (sp)
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