India, Nepal sign nine agreements; Oli says ‘misunderstandings’ over

India and Nepal signed nine agreements including one on utilisation of Indian grant of USD 250 million to Nepal for post-earthquake reconstruction and another on improving of roads in Terai region.

Written by Shubhajit Roy | New Delhi | Updated: February 21, 2016 3:01 am
Nepal, KP Oli, India nepal, nepal india, KP oli inida visit, Prime Minister Narendra Modi and his Nepalese counterpart Khadga Prasad Sharma Oli before a meeting at Hyderabad House in New Delhi on Saturday. (Source: PTI)

Describing the acrimony between India and Nepal in the last five months as “misunderstandings”, visiting Prime Minister of Nepal K P Sharma Oli on Saturday said his main mission behind the bilateral visit to India was to “clear the misunderstanding” and take ties between the two countries to the same level as in 2014, when Prime Minister Narendra Modi had visited Nepal.

After the bilateral talks with Modi, Oli said, “The misunderstanding that persisted in the last few months is no longer there. I believe our relationship will greatly benefit from our discussions. It is high time to look at India-Nepal relations with a forward-looking approach in the interest of the two countries and their people.”

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While Oli described Nepal’s constitution as “historic”, Modi called it a “major achievement”, and stressed that its success depends on “consensus and dialogue”. With Nepal PM listening, he said, “The announcement of the new constitution in Nepal came after decades of struggle there… I appreciate the contribution of the political leadership and people of Nepal for it… But its success depends on consensus and dialogue. I am confident on the basis of these principles and through political dialogue and by taking all sections together, you (Oli) will be able to resolve all issues relating to the constitution satisfactorily and take Nepal forward towards the path of development and stability.”

While the two leaders described the document differently — showing the distance in the understanding of issues — Foreign Secretary S Jaishankar said the Nepalese PM has given assurances on issues pertaining to constituency delimitation and citizenship, and that India was confident these would be followed through. Oli is learnt to have assured that the pending issues would be addressed in a time-bound manner.

Modi told Oli that India has always wanted peace, stability and prosperity of Nepal and that it would extend all possible help to ensure its all-round development. The conversation took place weeks after Nepal’s parliament passed two constitutional amendments which are expected to address the grievances of the Madhesis and other minorities.

The long acrimony between India and Nepal over the newly promulgated constitution had led to massive disruption of essential supplies to the Himalayan nation, Jaishankar said that Oli’s visit was not a “recriminatory” one, but “forward-looking”.

On combating terrorism, Modi said that it was clear that “Nepal’s stability is linked to India’s security” and the two sides agreed to fight growing extremism and terrorism.

“We will not allow terrorists and criminals to use our open border. In this regard, the security agencies of the two countries will intensify cooperation.”

Before the talks between the PMs, External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj called on Oli. The Nepalese PM told her that his country is and will remain a “reliable” friend of India, and that he wanted to “move forward in the relationship, which is not man-made but entirely natural and civilisational”.

The two sides signed nine agreements, ranging from infrastructure to rail and road transit.
Oli also thanked Modi and people of India for “spontaneous support” in the aftermath of the earthquake.

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    Robert Leeman
    Feb 22, 2016 at 2:00 am
    Politics makes me sick. There was no misunderstanding! India never had anything to do with this w mess. The Madhesis started the blockade and ended by choice. But obviously nothing has been learned by the government. It makes me sick how politicians lie to try to manite people towards hate. When are people going to learn that politicians can't be trusted to tell the truth.
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    free_Kanhaya
    Feb 20, 2016 at 5:02 pm
    modi g*a*y scr*ewing and enjoying in nepal while causing india to burn
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    raj
    Feb 21, 2016 at 12:40 am
    The misunderstanding was temporary. We are natural Allies.
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    sr
    Feb 28, 2016 at 4:03 am
    ...mmmm,...... Modi will not trust you!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! or your statement!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
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    sudhir
    Feb 21, 2016 at 11:22 am
    Indo Nepal friendship is natural friendship. Basically people of both countries have extra love and affection about each other irrespective of who is ruling political party in respective country.right from my childhood, I have heard all good things about Nepal and its people. So I was shocked after hearing some misunderstanding since last few months. Now e hope both countries should once again strengthen their relations for benefit and prosperity of people of both countries.
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    sunil shakya
    Feb 21, 2016 at 2:19 am
    If you take a jar of hot water and put (mix)it in a gl of cold water, the cold water in the small gl will become hot! Citizenship of small nation like Nepal , if left open to people from Bihar and UP, will soon make Nepali citizens minority in their own land. PM KPO must be careful not to rush to any conclusion and be euphoric abt his visit! Nepal has suffered enough and it is indeed time to engage in talks on a mutual ground ! And not fee pressurized to tweak the consution to keep the southern Neighbour happy!! Work for Nepal!!
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    Victor
    Feb 21, 2016 at 11:54 am
    VERY GOOD. NEPAL, BANGLADESH OR SRI LANKA MUST UNDERSTAND, THEY CANNOT GO WITH OTHERS UNDERMINING THE MIGHTY INDIA. INDIA IS INDIA AND IT IS THEIR GIANT NEIGHBOUR WITH VERY GOOD INTENTION; NOT WITH ANY OTHER DAMAGING INTENTIONS.
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