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KP Oli: Nepal would not allow its territory to be used against India: PM KP Sharma Oli



KATHMANDU: Nepal is sensitive to India's interests and would not allow its territory to be used against India, Prime Minister K P Sharma Oli assured his Indian counterpart Narendra Modi.

Briefing reporter at the end of Prime Minister Modi's two-day visit to Nepal, Foreign Minister Vijay Gokhale said today that it was "an important message" from Prime Minister Oli and that India was "satisfied" with the discussions.

"Oli reiterated that Nepal was sensitive to India's interests and its territory would not be used against India," Gokhale said.

Nepal shares a border of over 1,850 km to the east, south and west with five Indian states –

; Sikkim, West Bengal, Bihar, Uttar Pradesh and Uttarakhand. There is a long tradition of free movement of people across borders who share family ties and culture. Travelers from both sides do not need a visa.

During a joint press conference yesterday after a personal conversation with Oli, Modi said that the open borders between India and Nepal play an important role in strong bilateral relations.

"We will not allow his abuse by anti-social elements," Modi said after the talks at the marathon delegation level, where the two sides held in-depth discussions on all aspects of bilateral relations.

"We have agreed to further enhance our joint defense and security efforts in the control of cross-border crimes, which result from the abuse of our open borders, which are very important to people on both sides," he said.

Indo-Nepal border is open, porous and densely populated. The movement of people across the border is governed by the Indo-Nepal Treaty of Peace and Friendship (1950), which provides for the free movement of citizens of both countries across the border.

During their meeting with Prime Minister Modi, Nepalese President Bidya Devi Bhandari said that high-level visits strengthen people-to-people contacts.

Gokhale said the Nepali leaders who called Prime Minister Modi were confident that his visit to cultural places like Janakpur and Muktinath would promote tourism.

He also said that the two sides have agreed to an informal timeline to discuss all matters by September of this year.

The two heads of state also discussed the implementation of various India-supported projects in Nepal and decided to bridge the implementation gap in some of the projects, the Foreign Minister said.

"Two visits in two months from two leaders make our bilateral relationship a very positive and forward-looking path," Gokhale said.

In response to a question, Gokhale said there was no discussion on the topic of the South Asian Association for Regional Cooperation (SAARC). Nepal is the current chairman of SAARC.

Last month, Oli said he had spoken with both his Indian and Pakistani counterparts to resume the stalled SAARC process by sorting out their differences.

The 19th SAARC Summit should take place in 2016 in Islamabad, but after a major terrorist attack on an Indian army camp in Uri in Jammu and Kashmir on September 18 this year, India declared its inability to attend the summit because of prevailing circumstances. " and tightened diplomatic pressure on Pakistan The last 2014 SAARC summit took place in Kathmandu.


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