India visit successful, fruitful: Prachanda

Kathmandu, Sep 18 (IANS) Nepal Prime Minister Pushpa Kamal Dahal ‘Prachanda’, who returned home after a four-day visit to India on Sunday, said his visit to the neighbouring country was successful and fruitful.

Speaking to reporters at Tribhuvan International Airport in Kathmandu upon arrival from India, he said the visit has created mutual trust and confidence in bilateral ties.

“Our ties and partnership with India will not affect our bilateral ties with China,” said the Prime Minister asserting that his visit has taken Nepal-India ties to new heights.

“Dynamics of our relations with India and China are different, so our ties with India would not create distance with China,” he said at a time when his government is being seen as having a “Delhi tilt”.

“Characteristics of our relations with India and China are different. Relations with one side will not affect the other side,” he said when asked about Nepal’s ties with China.

Prachanda said Nepal has maintained balanced and nuanced relations with both neighbours.

“The aim of my visit was to create an environment for sub-regional cooperation which India is also pursuing,” he said.

Asserting that India has put the overall issues of Nepal in priority and has given special attention to mutual interests and concerns, Prachanda said works related to common interests and welfare would be carried out together.

He said the incumbent government in Nepal was committed to taking the country down the path of economic prosperity, and added that the Indian government was ready to support it in harnessing hydropower, creating physical infrastructure and developing the tourism sector in Nepal.

Prachanda shared that important deliberations were held and views exchanged during his meetings in New Delhi with Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi, Minister for External Affairs Sushma Swaraj, Home Minister Rajnath Singh, Finance Minister Arun Jaitley, National Security Advisor Ajit Doval, former Prime Minister Manmohan Singh, industrialists and media persons.

–IANS

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