India hopes for stability in Nepal

Ram Baran Yadav

India, while asserting its deep rooted ties with Nepal, has promised to continue to do its best to assist the neighbouring nation in its socio-economic development.

President Pranab Mukherjee told the visiting Nepal President Dr Ram Baran Yadav that 'it is in India's interest that Nepal progresses as a stable, secular, democratic republic'.

"It has always been India's endeavour to support peace, stability and prosperity in Nepal, in accordance with their wishes. As a close friend and neighbour, India will continue to do its best to assist Nepal in its socio-economic development," he added.

Mukherjee was quoted as saying by a Rashtrapati Bhavan official that people of India consider him a great friend and value his long-standing support for Indo-Nepal relations.

Prime Minister Manmohan Singh held wide-ranging talks with Nepalese President Ram Baran Yadav, who is on a six-day visit to India, and underlined India's enduring commitment to the development and stability of the neighbouring country. He also expressed hope that India would welcome consensual political settlement that will help spur peace and prosperity in that country, said official sources.

Also the extension of Indian railways to Nepal and the problems being faced by the Nepali workers in India were part of the talks between the two leaders.

External affairs minister Salman Khurshid called on the visiting leader and informed him about efforts being made to supply additional electricity to Nepal during the lean season. "He said that short term measures to augment grid connectivity of 40-55 MW were completed and we were working on plans to further increase this is in the medium term," the sources said.

"The minister emphasised that it is in India's interest that Nepal progresses as a stable, secular and democratic Republic and indicated that India would welcome whatever consensus emerges among Nepali political actors," they said.

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