KATHMANDU: Home secretary-level talks between Nepal and India have been fixed for November 6-7 in Kathmandu to dwell on bilateral security issues and concerns of both the countries.
The dates were fixed after the Indian Foreign Secretary Nirupama Rao held talks with
the Home Minister, Bhim Rawal.
Speaking to mediapersons before wrapping up her two-day goodwill visit, Rao said during meetings with political leaders and high-level officials she reiterated India’s security concerns and use of the Nepali territory for anti-India activities. She added that she was assured that such activities would not be allowed.
Rao said she assured Prime Minister Madhav Kumar Nepal of India’s commitment to fulfil
the understandings reached during his visit to India last month.
On Pashupatinath Temple row, Rao said the beating up of Indian priests was regrettable and condemnable. She said, “The government of Nepal has assured me that they have taken all necessary steps to ensure the security and well being of Indian priests.”
On the UCPN-Maoist’s accusation that the government was buying weapons from India for the Nepal Army, Rao said India was ready to assist if a request were made by the Nepali government.
Rao refused to comment on
the Maoist agitation and said, “It is an internal matter of Nepal and problems should be solved
through consensus and dialogue among the political parties.”
Rao also refused to comment about the growing Chinese
activities in Nepal and said Nepal was a
sovereign nation and
was free to have ties with other countries.
Earlier, in a meeting with Home Minister Bhim Rawal, Rao expressed concern about the export of fake currency from Nepal to India. The duo also dwelt on the extradition treaty. They also talked about ways to curb terrorist activities in border areas and other issues related to the security. Rawal assured Rao that Nepal was committed to check export of fake currency to India.
Rao said India was eager to resolve the border row and claimed that 96 per cent of the irritants had already been removed. She said it should be resolved through bilateral discussions.