KATHMANDU: The high-level political leaderships of Nepal and India have underscored the need to grow Nepal-India relations in more multi-dimensional ways and resolve the longstanding issues between the two countries through dialogues and talks.
They have also underlined optimum utilization of land-connectivity between the two countries with emerging economy and called for Nepal to get over the inferior complexity given its limited territory and landlocked feature in comparison with Indian with a giant land mass.
The participants at a talk programme on ‘Nepal-India Relations: Development and Dynamics’ organized by Pushpalal Memorial Foundation here Thursday spoke of the need for Nepal to be inspired and to follow the economic prosperity achieved by its immediate neighours India and China.
Speaking at the event, Minister for Foreign Affairs Pradip Kumar Gyawali said that the Nepal-India historical and mutual relationship based trust had been further stronger, grand and cordial in the recent days. Pressing for the need to understand each other’s sensitivities, Minister Gyawali clarified that Nepal was aware and alert not to let its soil to be used for cross-border criminal and unwanted activities that would harm both countries.
Gyawali informed that bilateral cooperation were being forged between Nepal and India for the projects of huge significance such as Pancheshwor Multi–Purpose Project, resolution of the boundary issues and permanent solution to the problems of inundation and controlling cross-border criminal activities.
“Nepal seeks to forge collaboration with its reliable neighbour as India for paving its path to prosperity for socio-economic development of Nepal,” said Gyawali adding, “Nepal also aspires to welcome increased amount of investment from India in the areas of hydropower, transport infrastructures, tourism, ICT, agriculture, mines and minerals, education , health and manufacturing etc.”
Also speaking at the programme, former Prime Minister Madhav Kumar Nepal opined for marinating balanced bilateral ties with India adding that there was no meaning and relevance of ‘big brother attitude’.
He said Nepal is the bridge to connect China and India. The former Prime Minister, also the senior leader of ruling Nepal Communist of Party (NCP), said that the Indo-Nepal relations were multifaceted and dynamic.
On the occasion, Indian ambassador to Nepal, Manjeev Singh Puri, said that the Indo-Nepal relations were historical and it could be strengthened further. He also said that India was always positive and committed to the development and prosperity of Nepal. Ambassador Puri also expressed his belief that Nepal could accelerate its development after the completion of Arun Third Hydro Project.
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