Nepal-India ties Call to keep mutual benefits at centre

Kathmandu, May 10: Nepali diplomats said on Wednesday that Nepal-India relations should be built by keeping mutual cooperation and benefits at the centre.

They also stressed the need for expanding relations between Nepal and India on the basis of trust and understanding by minimising the existing conflict and misunderstanding while speaking at a talk programme on Nepal-India relations: Prospects and challenges organised by the Centre for Diplomacy and Development.

Prof. Lok Raj Baral, former ambassador to India, said that Nepal-India relations should be based on trust and understanding by removing the trust deficit between the two countries.

“Misunderstandings may occur with neighbours, but we have to resolve them through dialogue at the earliest. No one should keep negative things in the mind forever,” he said.

 Stating that Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi is coming to Nepal on Friday, which is the right time to resolve the existing misunderstanding and expand the relations, he said that Nepal should take more benefits from the visit.

Dr. Jaya Raj Acharya, former Permanent Representative of Nepal to the UN, said that building goodwill relations is the major task of diplomacy.

“High level politicians should build goodwill relations between the two countries. At the political level, Nepal-India relations seem to be good, but it is not the same in practice,” he said.

There are various problems that Nepal and India should sort out through political and diplomatic channels, he said.

Former UN Under Secretary-General and former Foreign Secretary Gyan Chandra Acharya said that relations between Nepal and India should be maintained on the basis of equitable benefits and international principles.

He said that Nepal should take the benefit from the growing size of the Indian economy.

Gopal Khanal, former foreign advisor to Prime Minister KP Sharma Oli, stressed the need for identifying the challenges existing in Nepal-India relations and sort them out at the earliest.

The issues of border and water resources are becoming a challenge in maintaining relations between the two countries, he said.

He expressed his hope that the relations between Nepal and India would move ahead in a new way from the political level this time.

 Senior Journalist Dhurbahari Adhikary shed light on the need to activate the Eminent Person's Group (EPG) for the further strengthening the two countries' ties. He also stressed on the need of regulated the border areas frequently.

 Former Nepalese ambassador to Brazil Pradhumna Bikram Shah highlighted on the various historical aspects of the Nepal India ties.

 Chairman of CDD and former ambassador to France Mohan Krishna Shrestha urged one and all to strengthen Nepal and India relations by resolving the existing misunderstandings between the two countries.


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