India visit very successful : PM Dahal


New Delhi, Sept. 18: Prime Minister Pushpa Kamal Dahal ‘Prachanda’ has assessed his state visit to India as being very successful.

“Before I embarked on this visit, I felt it had both challenges and opportunities, but now I am confident I have turned the challenges into opportunities,” Prime Minister Prachanda said at a press meet organised here Saturday evening.

He said that his visit had created the ground for taking Nepal-India relations to a new height. “It was an open-hearted talk between me and Prime Minister Modiji (Indian PM Narendra Modi), and I believe the discussions have created a new ground for greater confidence.”

Validating his assessment of the visit, the PM cited issues included in the joint press statement issued on Friday - for instance, the MoUs on the construction of the postal road and line of credit, India’s readiness to complete the agreed upon projects in a time bound manner, and India’s support to efforts to implement the new constitution by bringing the disgruntled forces, especially the Madhesi parties, on board.

When asked how he was going to address the demands of the Madhesi parties, which may require amending the constitution, for which his government lacked the necessary two-thirds majority, Prime Minister Prachanda said that dialogue with the Madhesi parties was taking place, and that there was no problem to get the necessary majority for constitutional amendment.

Asked if his India visit had an impact on the uncertainty of the Chinese President’s visit to Nepal, he said, “There isn’t an ounce of dispute with China with regard to the high-level visit. Processes for the high-level visit are going on, and we are ready to welcome the high-level Chinese leader.”

Referring to his inspection of the Nathpa Jhakri hydropower project in Himanchal Pradesh of India Saturday afternoon, PM Prachanda said that he had a chance to see how a good project could have multiple development impacts.

PM Prachanda today was felicitated at a civic reception organised by the India Foundation, in which Indian intellectuals and civil society leaders, including the New Delhi governor and leader Sharad Yadav, were present.

Earlier in the day, Indian Home Minister Rajnath Singha, security advisor to the Indian PM, Ajit Doval, Indian Finance Minister Arun Jaitley had called on Premier Prachanda at the Rastrapati Bhawan where he is staying as a state guest of the Government of India.

The PM said he had fruitful discussions with them.

Before he returns home tomorrow, at the end of his 4-day state visit to India that started on September 15, Prime Minister Prachanda along with his delegation is scheduled to visit Patanjali Yogpeeth and its manufacturing units in Haridwar Sunday morning.

RSS adds: Prime Minister Dahal, who is presently on a four-day state visit to India, stated that Nepal was lately emerging as a favorable investment destination.

During his interaction with the Indian business community here today morning who have invested in various enterprises in Nepal, PM Dahal reaffirmed that the government of Nepal had adopted a clear policy to ensure political stability and security of foreign investment.

Dahal, who arrived Indian capital New Delhi on Thursday, urged the entrepreneurs to be confident of their investment in Nepal.

Underscoring the investment in agriculture sector in Nepal, PM Dahal pledged full support for the enterprises in this sector.

Stating that Nepal, which lies between the two major economies –India and China, could not always remain in poverty, Dahal affirmed that the country has already made headway for economic prosperity.

The entrepreneurs here confided to the PM that they had gauged the business climate of Nepal and urged the government of Nepal to ensure enabling business environment in the country to attract more and more foreign investment.

Present in the programme were Minister for Foreign Affairs Dr Prakash Sharan Mahat, Minister for Physical Infrastructure and Transport Ramesh Lekhak, Charge d’affaires of Nepali Embassy in New Delhi, Krishna Prasad Dhakal, Indian Ambassador for Nepal Ranjit Rae and officer bearers of the Federation of Nepalese Chambers of Commerce and Industry (FNCCI) among others.

Meanwhile, Minister for Foreign Affairs Dr Prakash Sharan Mahat has said Prime Minister Dahal’s visit to India has become successful.

During a news conference organized in a hotel here today, Foreign Minister Dr Mahat said, “India visit was aimed at building trust and augmenting assistance to which we’ve become successful.”

“I’ve felt that the Indian government, political parties, and the people have shown excitement,” he said, arguing that the visit has reached the two-country relations to a new height.

The bilateral talk in the presence of the Indian PM was held amid cordial atmosphere; it would give positive message, he added.

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.

According to him, out of one billion US dollars India had committed to provide for the earthquake victims in Nepal, 750 million dollars would be soft loan while remaining the grants. Earlier, it was that it would be India itself to provide 75 percent of service and materials in the soft loan, but it has been agreed now on easing this provision.


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

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