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India-Nepal defence ties: No anti-Indian activity on our soil, says Deuba

They signed 8 pacts on cooperation in countering drug trafficking and post-earthquake reconstruction

Press Trust of India  |  New Delhi 

Prime Minister Narendra Modi with his Nepalese counterpart Sher Bahadur Deuba during ceremonial reception at the Rashtrapati Bhawan in New Delhi. (Photo: PTI)
Prime Minister Narendra Modi with his Nepalese counterpart Sher Bahadur Deuba during ceremonial reception at the Rashtrapati Bhawan in New Delhi. (Photo: PTI)

on Thursday assured that it would not allow any activity against its "friendly neighbour", as the two sides signed eight pacts, including on in countering and in the Himalayan nation.

After comprehensive talks with his Nepalese counterpart Sher Bahadur Deuba, Prime Minister laid emphasis on closer between the and forces of the two countries in order to avoid misuse of the open border between and

"ties and assistance in is an important aspect of our partnership. Our interests are also dependent and connected to each other," Modi said at a joint press briefing after the talks.

Deuba gave an assurance of "every support, every help and cooperation".

"As you (Modi) mentioned that has an open border... I would like to assure you that Nepal will never allow any activity against friendly neighbour and there will be every support, every help and from our side," Deuba said.

Acknowledging that there were "issues" in the implementation of the Constitution, he expressed confidence that a Constitution "encompassing" the views of the people from all sections and ethnicities would be a reality.

Modi, too, exuded confidence that Nepal would take into consideration the aspirations of all its citizens during the implementation of the Constitution.

On August 21, the Nepalese parliament failed to endorse the much-awaited Constitution amendment bill to address the issues of Madhesis as the ruling coalition could not garner the two-thirds majority required for its passage.

Deuba said both sides also exchanged views on regional and sub-regional cooperation using (The Bay of Bengal Initiative for Multi-Sectoral Technical and Economic Cooperation) and (Bangladesh, Bhutan, India, Nepal Initiative) and create a "win-win" situation in various areas.

The Nepalese prime minister said regular engagement at the highest political level would greatly contribute to sustaining and cementing trust between the two countries and his current visit was an effort towards it.

The two leaders jointly inaugurated the Kataiya- Kusaha and Raxaul-Parwanipur cross border power transmission lines. Modi said this would give an additional 100 MW of power to Nepal, apart from the existing 350 MW.

The two sides, he added, had also agreed on development of the Ramayana and Buddhist tourism circuits through better connectivity.

and irrigation projects was a point of focus in the talks between the two countries.

Modi stressed on greater coordination and consultation between the agencies of India and Nepal on and said the two sides must work towards a long term solution, taking into consideration each others interests.

While he expressed the hope that the Detailed Project Report for the Pancheshwar project on the Uttarkhand border of the Indian side would be finalised soon, Deuba stressed that it would help in flood control and crop irrigation.

Modi said Deuba had informed him that the land acquisition issues for Arun III irrigation project had been addressed and the Nepalese prime minister had invited him for the ground-breaking ceremony.

First Published: Thu, August 24 2017. 18:49 IST