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Koirala nephew: Modi good for China ties, can put Nepal back on Silk Route

Responding to how his secular party will match BJP’s right-wing ideology, Koirala said Nepal “would adopt a pragmatic view” if the issue ever cropped up.

Written by Sumegha Gulati | New Delhi | Published: May 27, 2014 2:13:16 am

Nepal Prime Minister Sushil Koirala’s nephew and Nepal Member of Parliament Shashank Koirala on Monday said he was looking forward to improved Sino-Indian relations, which would “directly benefit Nepal” and help put the Himalayan country “back on the Silk Route”.

Koirala said, “Nepal is placed between two economic giants. We feel that a good rapport between China and India will directly benefit Nepal. His pro-China stance is reflected in the Chinese investment in Gujarat. Improved Sino-Indian relations will help put Nepal back on the Silk Route.”

“Regional security will improve under the Modi government. Considering the developments in the Western hemisphere – in Crimea, China and Russia, Modi being elected to power has come at an opportune time. He symbolises power, growth and stability. (This is) relevant to Nepal which is writing its democratic constitution,” Koirala said.

Responding to how his secular party will match BJP’s right-wing ideology, Koirala said Nepal “would adopt a pragmatic view” if the issue ever cropped up.

After arriving in Delhi, Nepal PM Sushil Koirala (80) rested for a while before holding briefings with his 13-member delegation.

At 3.30 pm, he visited former Prime Minister Manmohan Singh at 7, Race Course Road. On Tuesday, Koirala will meet Modi at 11.45 pm in Hyderabad House. The Nepal delegation will also meet President Pranab Mukherjee and extend invitations to all other heads of the states for the upcoming SAARC summit in Nepal.

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