‘Trip’s focus should be to maintain harmonious ties’

Kathmandu, August 22

Foreign affairs experts have suggested that Prime Minister Sher Bahadur Deuba’s visit to India be made a goodwill visit.

PM Deuba is flying to India on a five-day state visit at the invitation of Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi, tomorrow.

Stressing that everything will fall into place itself if there’s harmonious relations between the top leadership of the two countries, former foreign minister and foreign affairs expert Bhes Bahadur Thapa said: “The prime minister’s India visit should focus on maintaining harmonious relationship between the two countries. Everything will fall apart if there’s no harmony.”

Thapa expressed hope that the PM’s India visit would create conducive environment for implementing agreements reached earlier between the two countries. “Rather than introducing new subjects, the visit should focus on implementation of past agreements,” said Thapa, who is also coordinator of the Nepali side in the Eminent Persons Group on Nepal-India Relations, at an interaction held in the Capital today.

He also termed the visit an opportunity to dispel any misunderstanding between the two neighbours.

Thapa also suggested that Nepal not raise any issue related to the Doklam controversy between India and China since they had not communicated with Nepal on the issue.

On the occasion, former Nepali ambassador to India Durgesh Man Singh said Nepal-India relationship should be maintained on the basis of goodwill and trust. “Nepal-India relationship is strong, age-old, and we share an open border,” he said. “So both countries should work to boost this relationship.”

He also suggested that all the political parties should come to a common ground when it comes to the country’s foreign policy.

“Our country is located between two big countries. So we have to make sure we maintain a balance between India and China while devising our foreign policy,” he said.