Agencies, New Delhi
Describing India-Nepal relations as ‘roti-beti ka sambandh’, the government today asserted its resolve to further intensify and build upon the ties between the two countries and said Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s recent visit to the Himalayan Republic had further enhanced mutual trust and imparted a new dynamism.
External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj, in a suo motu statement in the Rajya Sabha on the Prime Minister’s August 3-4 visit to Nepal, said both the countries had decided to “review, adjust and update” the 1950 Treaty of Peace and Frienship and other bilateral agreements.
The two countries had also assured not to allow their respective territories to be used against each other and had noted that the border which had been a unique feature in India-Nepal bilateral ties, should not be allowed to be misused by unscrupulous elements thereby posing security threats.
She said the Prime Minister had “touched the hearts and minds” of all Nepalese people and several Nepalese leaders had told him that this was a “new era” in bilateral ties and if there were any misgivings about India-Nepal relations in the minds of Nepalese, “you have cleared them all.”
Mr Modi who held talks with his Nepalese counterpart Sushil Koirala, said his government accorded the highest priority to India-Nepal relations which were as “timeless as the Himalayas and the Ganga” and added India wanted to walk shoulder-to-shoulder with Nepal in its journey of progress.
Giving details about the visit and the Prime Minister’s discussions with Nepalese leaders, Ms Swaraj said India’s consistent effort had been to strengthen relations at all levels, including trade and investment, hydropower, enhanced cross-border connectivity, Defence and security, culture, education and tourism. “We have intensified our high-level political exchanges and are seeking finalisation of necessary inter-governmental agreements and arrangements. We are scaling up our developmental assistance to Nepal in 2014-15 and beyond,” the External Affairs Minister added.