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'India does not interfere in Nepal'

Amid rising anti-India sentiment in Nepal, external affairs minister SM Krishna on Thursday rubbished allegations that the southern neighbour is interfering in the Himalayan nation's internal affairs.

world Updated: Apr 22, 2011 00:03 IST
Utpal Parashar

Amid rising anti-India sentiment in Nepal, external affairs minister SM Krishna on Thursday rubbished allegations that the southern neighbour is interfering in the Himalayan nation's internal affairs.

"India doesn't believe in interfering with the internal affairs of Nepal. We recognise Nepal as a sovereign country with which we have terms of equality," said Krishna while interacting with Indian journalists here.

Krishna's visit to Nepal comes at a time when anti-India activities are on the rise and only five weeks left for completion of the peace process and drafting of a new constitution.

Without taking any names, Krishna blamed "interested parties" for trying to carry on an anti-Indian campaign in Nepal.

In recent months, Nepal's ruling Maoists have stepped up anti-India activities including targeting Indian companies, defacing the tricolour and showing black flags to the Indian envoy.

"We would like to disabuse the minds of those who are trying to create situations where there is a feeling that India is interfering in internal affairs of Nepal," said Krishna.

"India's position is crystal clear. We do not interfere in internal affairs of any country, let alone Nepal."

During his interactions with Prime Minister Jhalanath Khanal and other senior dignitaries and political leaders, Krishna raised issues that reflected growing anti-India activity in Nepal.

The Nepali side assured that no anti-India activity would be allowed on its territory and adequate security would be provided to Indian diplomats and personnel working on Indian projects.