PM's India visit successful, claims Minister Mahat

    Minister for Foreign Affairs Prakash Sharan Mahat speaks at a press conference during PM Pushpa Kamal Dahal's India visit, in New Delhi, on Saturday, September 17, 2016. Photo: RSS

KATHMANDU: Minister for Foreign Affairs Prakash Sharan Mahat has said Prime Minister Pushpa Kamal Dahal's visit to India has become successful.

During a news conference organised here today, Minister Mahat said, "India visit was aimed at building trust and augmenting assistance, to which we have become successful."

"I have felt that the Indian government, political parties, and the people have shown excitement," he said, arguing that the visit has led the bilateral relations to a new height.

Moreover, the Foreign Minister said the agreements and commitments made between the two countries would be brought into force in the stipulated timeframe. The bilateral mechanisms in the ministerial, secretarial and technical levels would be activated to accomplish the commitments, he added.

According to him, out of USD one billion India had committed to provide for the earthquake survivors in Nepal, USD 750 million would be a soft loan while remaining would be the grant.

He further mentioned that India has agreed to accelerate the agreements on construction of a substation at Thalkebar, of the Postal Highway in Tarai for the second phase and the establishment of transmission line of 400 KV, and of Pancheshwor project, among others.

"India has appreciated Nepal's efforts on strengthening democracy and the efforts to address some of the demands pertaining to the Constitution," the Minister said, adding that Indian PM Narendra Modi commented on the Constitution that it was Nepal's internal issue and he had nothing to speak on it.