Looking forward to work with new government in Nepal : India

New Delhi, Feb 2: External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj on Friday conveyed to leaders of all political parties of Nepal, including Prime-Minister-in-waiting K.P. Sharma Oli, that India is looking forward to work with the new government in the Himalayan nation.

As per the statement issued by the ministry, Sushma Swaraj, during her two-day visit to Kathmandu, “congratulated the government and people of Nepal for the successful conduct of three-tier elections, which is an important milestone in the democratic transition of Nepal”.

“EAM conveyed all political leaders of Nepal that the government of India is looking forward to working with the democratically elected government to take forward bilateral ties to newer heights for mutual benefit, and to support the government of Nepal, as per its priorities, in its endeavours for rapid economic growth and development”, the statement asserted.

During her visit, Indian foreign minister met Nepal President Bidya Devi Bhandari, Prime Minister Sher Bahadur Deuba. Chairman of Communist Party of Nepal-Unified Marxist Leninist (CPN-UML) K.P. Sharma Oli, Chairman of CPN-Maoist Pushpa Kamal Dahal ‘Prachanda’, Chairman of Federal Socialist Forum-Nepal (FSF-N) Upendra Yadav, Coordinator of the Presidium Mahanta Thakur, and leaders of the Rashtriya Janta Party-Nepal (RJP-N).

According to MEA spokesperson Raveesh Kumar, during the course of a courtesy call on Friday, Swaraj congratulated President Bhandari on the successful conduct of polls in Nepal.

And both the leaders exchanged views on advancing the muti-dimensional relationship.

Kumar said that Sushma Swaraj also congratulated Prime Minister Deuba on the successful conduct of the elections.

“Discussions focused on enhancing our bilateral cooperation to take our age-old and historical partnership forward,” he asserted.
Prior to this, Indian External Affairs Minister called on CPN-Maoist Centre Chairman Pushpa Kamal Dahal ‘Prachanda’.

Earlier, on Thursday Sushma held talks with top UML leaders in a bid to mend ties at a time when UML chief K.P. Oli will lead the next government in the Himalayan nation.

During the meet, both the UML and visiting Indian delegations agreed to widen and strengthen the two nations’ ties in the new changed context.

India wishes to see a stable, democratic and prosperous Nepal, she said, and expressed happiness over the successful elections in the country which were fundamental in consolidating the democracy and political stability as well as implementation of the new constitution.

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