Kathmandu : In order to take bilateral ties between India and Nepal to new heights, the Foreign minister of India, Sushma Swaraj, assured that India was keen to completely support the democratic government for development and political stability in Nepal. Foreign minister Swaraj is on a two day visit to Nepal and this time she has met the President, the Prime Minister as well as the Maoist party chief ‘Prachand’.
An alliance of the Maoist parties had formed the government after the last year’s elections in Nepal. This ruling alliance enjoys the support from China and it is widely believed that China is trying to check India through them. India has focussed on co-operation with Nepal to counter the Chinese moves. Even in the Union budget presented on last Thursday there is an announcement of increase in the aid to Nepal and this has been pegged at Rs.650 crore for the year 2018-19. It was Rs.375 crores in the previous year.
The Nepal visit by the Foreign minister, Swaraj, gains importance against this background. Swaraj reached Nepal on Thursday and met the Maoist party, a constituent of the government, leader K.P. Sharma Oli and the former prime minister ‘Prachand’ independently. At that time, Foreign minister Swaraj congratulated the Maoist party leaders for the success in the elections and formation of the government.
In the meeting with the ‘Maoist-CPN’ party leader, ‘Prachand’ the Foreign minister stressed on the issues of development and political stability in Nepal. ‘India will offer complete support to ensure political stability and for development in Nepal,’ assured Swaraj. ‘Prachand’ informed that there were positive talks with the Indian Foreign minister and K.P. Sharma Oli said that Nepal was keen on partnership with India for prosperity of Nepal.
Foreign minister Swaraj also visited the president of Nepal Bidhya Bhandari and the prime minister Sher Bahadur Deuba.