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Only a prosperous Nepal can ensure security in region: Dahal



Unified CPN-Maoist Chairman Pushpa Kamal Dahal holding a meeting with India’s National Security Adviser Shivshankar Menon in New Delhi on Monday


KATHMANDU: Unified CPN-Maoist Chairman Pushpa Kamal Dahal, who is on a three-day visit to India, today said only a prosperous and developed Nepal can ensure security, peace and stability in the region.

“My contention has been crystal clear and that is a prosperous and developed Nepal is the best way to ensure security, peace and stability in the region,” Dahal said while addressing a talk programme organised by the Indian Council of World Affairs in New Delhi today where he discussed ‘India-Nepal Relation: A Vision for the Next Decade’.

According to Dahal’s aide Shiva Khakurel, Dahal said that having two rapidly growing economies in the neighbourhood, it would be rather unfathomable for Nepal to remain under-developed, poor and backward. “I strongly believe that an economically sound and developed Nepal is not only in the interest of Nepal and the Nepali people, it is (also) in the larger interest of both our neighbours — India and China,” Dahal said. He added that it was obvious that Nepal’s economic development ‘would herald political stability in the country which, in the long run, would contribute to ensuring and addressing the security concerns’ of India and China.

He also appealed for more investment from India in Nepal on projects ranging from hydropower to manufacturing industries, infrastructure development to information technology and from agriculture development to tourism promotion programmes.

On trilateral cooperation, Dahal said that in the changed global and regional context and ever-growing economic relations between India and China, trilateral cooperation in mutual projects in Nepal was possible and would not be a distant dream. “It is our vision for the future and let me make it very clear that by no means I wish to undermine or replace our bilateral relations so happily subsisting for centuries. Rather, I believe that only by promoting bilateral co-operation between our neighbours can the basis for a trilateral co-operation be created,” said Dahal, adding that he was confident that Nepal’s economic development was possible through such cooperation from neighbours.

On Nepal’s political situation, he said all major political parties have agreed for a new election to the Constituent Assembly to draft a new constitution. For this, he claimed that his party gave up its ruling mandate and agreed to form an election government under the chairmanship of the chief justice of the Supreme Court so that elections in a free, fair and acceptable manner could be ensured.

‘Support us for successful election’

KATHMANDU: Unified CPN-Maoist Chairman Pushpa Kamal Dahal on Monday sought Indian support for holding Constituent Assembly election, made his bid to boost his party’s ties with the Indian establishment and discussed a wide range of bilateral issues with Indian leaders. “The chairman today met India’s national security adviser Sivshankar Menon, Janata Dal (United) leader Sharad Yadav, opposition leader at the Lok Sabha Sushma Swaraj, Samajbadi Party leader Mulayam Singh Yadav and Indian National Congress leader Karan Singh,” said Dahal’s aide Shiva Khakurel. During his meeting with Menon, Dahal categorically sought India’s ‘strategic, political and moral’ support to make the CA election a success. On his part Menon said India was ready to extend all the support to Nepal for a successful election. Menon said that election would be helpful ‘to end the painful transition in Nepal’. During his meeting with senior Indian leader Karan Singh, Dahal said that his party was committed to democracy.

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