#BIMSTEC : Nepal pledges to work with India towards combat terrorism
Source :NewsBharati   Date :11-Aug-2017

Kathmandu, August 11: Prime Minister of Nepal Sher Bahadur Deuba has said that terrorism continues to be the greatest threat to peace, democracy, development and good neighborliness. He said Nepal and India should focus on result-oriented approach and work together for concrete outcome of various past understandings and pacts, including implementation of various India-funded projects in Nepal.

During a meeting with Minister for External Affairs Sushma Swaraj on Thursday, PM Deuba said that the two countries have long been engaged in theoretical discussions and that time has come to turn past pacts and understandings into reality. 

“I am of the view that my India visit should focus on getting some concrete outcome; we are also doing homework on our part, PM Deuba told Swaraj.

“We are committed to timely completion of old and important projects undertaken by us,” Swaraj conveyed to PM Deuba. “India is keen invest in Nepal, but Nepal should also complete the required procedures for the timely completion of the [India-funded] projects.”

Swaraj’s visit to Nepal this time is the first high level visit from India since Deuba assumed office. During her meeting with PM Deuba, Swaraj highlighted the frequent and intensive high level exchanges “as a reflection of our deepening ties”.

Inaugurating the 15th BIMSTEC Ministerial Meeting at Kathmandu yesterday evening, Deuba said that Nepal firmly and unequivocally condemns terrorism in all its forms and manifestations. He said that BIMSTEC region is blessed with vast and diverse natural resources and if they are harnessed properly and efficiently prosperity will not be out of reach of our peoples.

During the two day meeting, foreign ministers of member countries will review the progress in identified fourteen areas of cooperation and discuss ways to accelerate cooperation under the Bay of Bengal Initiative for Multi-Sectoral Technical and Economic Cooperation (BIMSTEC) process. External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj is representing India in the meeting.

Earlier, Swaraj called on President Vidya Devi Bhandari and Prime Minister Sher Bahadur Deuba. Various bilateral issues were discussed in the meetings. PM Deuba's forthcoming visit to India was also discussed. She also attended a welcome dinner hosted by Deputy PM and Minister for Foreign Affairs of Nepal Krishna Bahadur Mahara.