Digital Desk, New Delhi: Nepal’s Prime Minister Sher Bahadur Deuba has completed 100 days after assuming the top post of the country amid unusual circumstances and many challenges. He is credited with re-establishing Kathmandu’s foreign policy amid rapid geopolitical changes.
Despite leading a coalition government, he managed to open channels of communication with India as well as China.
Deuba and his party – the Nepali Congress – have said that Kathmandu’s foreign policy will be governed by its national interest.
An analyst told India Narrative that Deuba has a delicately balanced relationship with both India and China.
In an interview to Rising Nepal, Deuba said, “We have an open border with India and people interact on a large scale, so it is in our interest to maintain good relations with the southern neighbour.” Nepalese go to India for work and for pilgrimage.
We also have more intense public, cultural and business ties at the same time, he added.
At the same time, about 6 lakh Indians are living in Nepal, while about 8 lakh Nepalis also live in India.
The Prime Minister said that maintaining good relations with our neighbours will be given top priority.
Earlier this month, a high-level delegation from the ruling Nepali Congress, led by former foreign minister and party’s international department head Prakash Sharan Mahat, visited India.
Speaking to IndianNarative, former Minister of State for Finance and a member of the Nepali Congress, Uday Shamsher Rana, who is also a part of the delegation, said that the visit was to promote friendly relations between the two neighbours.
Rana said that India and Nepal share many similarities in terms of geography, culture and religion, apart from increased social interaction due to open borders. He had earlier told India Narrative, these factors and their interdependence have helped bind the two countries despite many obstacles.
Meanwhile, apart from government-to-government deals, India and Nepal are also set to strengthen bilateral ties through party-to-party contacts.
Rana said during his visit to India that such party-to-party meetings would become a more common and regular feature.
Bhaskar Koirala, director of the Nepal Institute of International and Strategic Studies, said that Nepal and India should also connect at the state level.
Nepal and India have a unique opportunity to strengthen their bilateral relations at this critical juncture of global history, when so many systemic (political, technological, social etc.) changes are affecting regional and global trends, he said in an email interview. are doing. The most important aspect of this relationship should be centered on people-to-people relations and the impact it has on state-to-state relations.
(This article is taken in an arrangement with indianarative.com)