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Nepal wants to develop cordial relations with all countries including India and China: Foreign Minister

Kathmandu. Nepal’s Foreign Minister Narayan Prakash Saud has said that his country wants to build cordial and friendly relations not only with India and China but also with all other countries of the world including the US on the basis of mutual benefit. Saud had recently visited China along with Prime Minister Pushpa Kamal Dahal ‘Prachanda’. The External Affairs Minister told in an interview that both sides have agreed to reactivate the Joint Border Committee formed long ago to resolve border issues.

“Some people say that the (Nepal) government is inclined towards China, others say that we are inclined towards India, and some even say that we are inclined towards America,” Saud said. Fundamentally, Nepal wants to develop cordial and friendly relations with both its big neighbors as well as with all other countries of the world including the US.” He said, ”We want to develop relations with other countries on the basis of mutual benefit. Want to do. For example, we have relations with India in diverse areas like trade, transit, economy, culture. Similarly, being an important neighbour, we have similar relations with China.

After becoming Prime Minister in December last year, Prachanda visited China last month after visiting India and the US. The aim of this visit is to maintain balance in relations with both the neighbors – China and India. Prachanda, leader of the Communist Party of Nepal-Maoist Center (CPN-MC), had visited India in June as his first foreign trip after assuming the post of Prime Minister for the third time. Saud described the Prime Minister’s visit to China as “successful” and said that the visit has furthered the traditional friendly and cordial relations existing between the two countries.

He said, “Our neighbor to the north, China, is an emerging economic power in the world. As far as our connectivity in the northern border is concerned, there are some regular entry points and some other entry points which need to be upgraded. There are also some traditional entry points between the two countries. We have agreed to open all these entry points.

“Similarly, we have also agreed on the construction of power transmission lines during the talks,” the External Affairs Minister said. For example, an agreement has been reached on the construction of 220 MW capacity Ratmate power transmission line in Nepal. We have also agreed to take forward the projects that have been agreed upon in the past and are under construction.” On the implementation of China’s ambitious Belt and Road Initiative (BRI), he said Nepal has already joined the BRI in principle in 2017. The project has been approved. “However, we are discussing the modalities of its implementation,” he said. This will move forward in due course. Even in the joint statement, we have expressed our commitment to take forward the implementation of BRI.” On trade deficit, Saud said, ”’It is difficult for Nepal to compete with China.”

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