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Nepal’s ties with China its internal affair: India

Foreign Secretary Shiv Shankar Menon said that India has no problems with Nepal’s growing relationships with China. He reiterated that New Delhi wants stability, peace and democracy in the Himalayan Nation, reports Anirban Roy.

world Updated: Feb 18, 2009 23:39 IST
Anirban Roy

Foreign Secretary Shiv Shankar Menon on Wednesday said India has no problems with Nepal’s growing relationships with China. He reiterated that New Delhi wants stability, peace and democracy in the Himalayan Nation.

“Nepal is a sovereign country, and we have no problem in its bilateral relationships with any other country,” Menon told journalists in Kathmandu before leaving for New Delhi, after a day’s trip to Nepal

The Bharatiya Janata Party on Tuesday had alleged that the India was a mute spectator to increasing Chinese influences in Nepal.

After the taking over of Maoist-led government in Nepal, several Chinese politicians, military generals and intellectuals have been visiting Nepal. Moreover, the Chinese government has also offered soft loans and special grants for roads and other major infrastructure in Nepal.

“We’re only concerned about the Indo-Nepal relations, and don’t think about others,” Menon said, adding, “We always want a stable, peaceful and prosperous Nepal”.

Menon said his meeting with Nepal’s Prime Minister Prachanda was primarily focused on strengthening bilateral relations and development assistance. He said construction and repair of the Koshi embankment was on schedule. “The river is back on its original course, and the problem is actually beyond the control of both Nepal and India,” he said.