Nepal Today

Tuesday, June 11, 2013

DEUBA MEETS INDIAN PM MANMOHAN SINGH UPDATE Kathmandu, 11 Jine:: India wanted to see democracy strengthened and political stability in Nepal, said Indian Prime Minister Dr. Manmohan Singh during a meeting with Nepali Congress senior leader Sher Bahadur Deuba in New Delhi, today 0Tuesday{, RSS reports.. The Indian Prime Minister also said that India wished for peace, democracy and a prosperous Nepal. The meeting between the two leaders took place at the Indian Prime Minister's official residence at 7 Race Course Road this morning. The meeting lasted for about 35 minutes. NC senior leader and former Prime Minister Deuba is currently on an official visit to India at the invitation of the Government of India. "The Government and the people of India want to see the multiparty democracy become stronger and vibrant in Nepal. At the same time they want to see peace, Loktantra and development with the political deadlock ending through the Constituent Assembly election," Nepali Congress Central Committee member Bimalendra Nidhi who is accompanying Deuba, quoted the Indian Prime Minister as saying during the meeting. India also expects that the date for the Constituent Assembly would be announced soon, Nidhi said. Stating that the conclusion of the peace process in Nepal was a matter of happiness, the Indian Prime Minister wished that the CA election is concluded successfully through the collective efforts of the Nepali people, the government and the political parties. He also asserted that the Government of India was ready to extend every type of cooperation for that purpose, according to Nidhi. During the meeting, the two leaders discussed Nepal-India relations, development projects and the present political situation of Nepal. On the occasion, leader Deuba appreciated India's cooperation to the movements for peaceful change in Nepal since the 12-point understanding, and expected India's support in terms of logistics and technical things required for the upcoming CA election. "The task relating to the peace process which is among the two key tasks after the change since the 2006/07 People's Movement has been completed. Now, the task of drafting of the constitution remains and we are moving towards the path of constitution writing through an election by forging consensus among the political parties holding different ideologies," Nidhi quoted Deuba as saying in the meeting with the Indian Prime Minister. According to Nidhi, leader Deuba said that since federalism was a new issue for Nepal, the parties have decided to go for election learning from the past mistakes by resolving disputes seen among them on all issues including the formulation of the constitution through consensus. He also assured the Indian side of seeking a way out of the existing political stalemate through the election. Deuba urged the Indian Prime Minister for India's cooperation in five sectors for Nepal's economic development. These include construction of a four-lane concrete bridge over the Mahakali River linking Banbasa and Mahendranagar, the Kathmandu-Nijgadh Fasttrack, a laboratory for testing the quality of agricultural goods produced in Nepal and their certification, a technology park in the country's far-west and a suspension bridge over the Mahakali River connecting the Jogbudha VDC to Purnagiri, an Indian pilgrimage site. The Nepali side in the talks was represented by senior leader Deuba, central committee member Nidhi and Deuba's spouse Arzoo Rana Deuba while the Indian side was represented by Prime Minister Singh, National Security Advisor Shiv Shankar Menon, Foreign Secretary Ranjan Mathai, Indian Ambassador to Nepal, Jayant Prasad and Akhilesh Mishra, the Chief of the Nepal Desk at the Ministry of External Affairs. Deuba who reached the Indian capital Sunday on a six-day official visit met with Congress (I) Chairperson Sonia Gandhi the same day. nnnn


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