India and Nepal are set to ink five key pacts to boost technical and economic cooperation during the forthcoming visit of External Affairs Minister S.M. Krishna, as they prepare to discuss border issues, which have been used by the Maoists to whip up anti-India sentiments.
Durign the three-day first official visit of Krishna to Nepal from January 15, the two close neighbours will sign five Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) to boost bilateral cooperation in technical and economic fields.
They will sign MoUs for the establishment of Scientific and Research Centre, providing Central Depository System (CDS) facility for Nepal Stock Exchange and Rural electrification in five villages, a top Foreign Ministry official said today.
MoU will also be inked for the the establishment of Nepal Police Academy and the construction of Terai link roads, said Chiranjivi Nepal, an advisor of Foreign Minister Sujata Koirala, who also hold the post of the Deputy Prime Minister.
He said issues relating to border problem will also figure during Krishna's discussion with his Nepalese counterpart.
Nepal's main opposition party UCPN-Maoist has stepped up anti-India rhetorics, with party supremo Prachanda yesterday leading a campaign against alleged "encroachment" of Nepalese territories by its southern neighbour.
Earlier Prachanda had called for the withdrawal of Indian troops from Kalapani, a disputed part of Nepal's territory on the borders of India, Nepal and China.
Prachanda has demanded the scrapping of the 1950 Indo-Nepal Peace and Friendship Treaty along with all other "unequal" pacts with India and sought the ending of "special relationship" with New Delhi.