Prime Minister Narenda Modi confirmed the cooperation with Nepal

India confirmed the cooperation with Nepal in all areas, including economic reconstruction and earthquake. Prime Minister Narendra Modi said that both neighbors are mutually dependent in the defense sector.

After delegation-level talks here, the two sides also signed eight agreements, including four on post-earthquake reconstruction in the Himalayan nation.

“Cooperation in defence and security is of high priority for us,” Modi said.

“Our defence interests are interdependent and linked to each other,” he said.

He said that to keep the open border between the two countries secure and for the security of the people on both sides, cooperation between the defence agencies of the two countries was very important.

Modi’s comments came even as Indian and Chinese troops are in a standoff situation along the Sikkim sector of the international border but the issue did not come up during Thursday’s talks.

Stating that the India-Nepal bilateral relationship held immense potential, Modi said that he and Deuba held wide ranging and positive talks covering all areas.

“I am happy that with India’s aid, work on various development projects like postal roads, trans-border power transmission lines and integrated check posts is going on,” he said.

The Indian Prime Minister said that through the new lines, India will supply 100 MW of power to Nepal in addition to 350 MW already being supplied.

In terms of economic partnership, he said that both countries would work together in areas like energy, water resources, connectivity projects and post-earthquake reconstruction.

India has committed $1 billion in reconstruction aid following the April 2015 devastating earthquake in Nepal that claimed nearly 9,000 lives.

Among the eight agreements signed following Thursday’s talks, four are memorandums of understanding (MoUs) on utilisation of housing grant component to support reconstruction of 50,000 houses, and implementation of reconstruction packages in the education, cultural heritage and health sectors.

Modi said that both he and Deuba agreed to increase efforts to complete ongoing hydro-power projects within new time frames.

“THE NAVHINDTIMES”, Thursday, 25 August 2017