Nepal says relations with India back on track

New Delhi:In an apparent effort to revive sagging Indo-Nepal relations, Nepal on Friday asserted that its relationship with India is “incomparable” and will not be hampered in anyway because of growing ties with China.

On a three-day visit to India, Nepalese deputy Prime Minister Kamal Thapa stressed the bilateral relations between the two countries are back on track as 13 bilateral meetings are scheduled to take place in June and July alone.

Thapa who met external affairs minister, Sushma Swaraj said his government was committed to resolve the contentious Madhesi issue and a high-level panel has been set up to evolve a consensus and suggest ways to resolve their demands within three months.
“They have not responded to our requests to come to the table and discuss so far. But I am still hopeful. We don’t want minorities to remain dissatisfied in our country,” said Thapa.
Brushing off reports that Oli accused India of destabilising his government as “misrepresentation of comments” Thapa said Ambassador Deep Kumar Upadhyay was recalled as government found somebody more suitable who can further strengthen ties between the two neighbours.
“We just gave him a one line message to come back but so much was read into that. Why?” Thapa asked.
Thapa cited Nepal’s transition to democracy, the Maoist struggle, last year’s devastating earthquake and blockade of supplies from India due to Madhesi agitation as major crisis facing the country during the last two decades and said it wants now to embark on a path of economic growth and development.
He indicated that China is equally crucial for Nepal’s progress like India and the growing relations with China cannot and should not be read wrongly.
“Nepal’s relations with India are incomparable. If we try to expand our relations with China, that should not be seen at the cost of India.

Fifty years back the Himalaya was seen as a barrier, now it is no more a barrier. Railway is coming next to Nepal’s border, highways are coming around Tibet. Do not you think it will be wise for Nepal to take advantage of that situation? It is very simple. We want development,” said Thapa.
Delivering a talk on “Current developments in Nepal and the India-Nepal relations” at Observer Research Foundation, Thapa said, “A hut can’t remain a hut in between two skyscrapers… Nepal should try to make maximum benefit of the two large global economies around it – that of China and India.”

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