Won’t allow any activity against friendly neighbour India: Nepal PM

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Mains Paper 2: IR | India and its neighborhood- relations.

From UPSC perspective, the following things are important:

Prelims level: Pancheshwar project , Arun III irrigation project

Mains level: India-Nepal relations


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Context

  1. Nepalese Prime Minister Sher Bahadur Deuba on Thursday assured Prime Minister Narendra Modi that his country would not allow any activity against its “friendly neighbour”
  2. However, two leaders have not discussed “Doklam” and the current tension between India and China during the visit

India-Nepal cooperation

  1. Modi stressed on closer cooperation between the security and defence forces of the two countries in order to avoid misuse of the open border between India and Nepal.
  2. Deuba gave an assurance of “every support, every help and cooperationon the “defence and security” aspect.
  3. Acknowledging “issues” in the implementation of the Constitution, Deuba expressed confidence that a Constitution “encompassing” the views of the people from all sections and ethnicities would be a reality.
  4. 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 current 350 MW.
  5. The two sides agreed on development of the Ramayana and Buddhist tourism circuits through better connectivity.
  6. Flood management and irrigation projects was a focal point in the talks between the two countries.
  7. Detailed Project Report for the Pancheshwar project on the Uttarakhand border of the Indian side would be finalised soon, Deuba stressed that it would help in flood control and crop irrigation
  8. 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.
  9. The two sides signed eight pacts, including on cooperation in countering drug trafficking and post-earthquake reconstruction in the Himalayan nation.
Foreign Policy Watch: India-Nepal
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