Friendship integral to Nepal’s foreign policy: PM KP Sharma Oli
April 3, 2018 03:10 PM NPT
Photo: Dipesh Shrestha
KATHMANDU, April 3: Prime Minister KP Sharma Oli shared that a basic principle that guided Nepal’s foreign policy with its neighbors was friendship that was based on equality and mutual interest, including adherence to international treaties that the country is part of.
“Not just the treaties that we align ourselves with, but also to wider spectrum of political and global developments,” Oli said adding that “it was crucial to see international relationships in changing modern light as that would ensure stronger, deeper and sustainable ties.”
Briefing his visit to India, the Prime Minister said that Nepal shared harmonious and good relationship with both of its immediate neighbors. “Now, it is important that we strengthen it for the betterment of national interests.”
He added that the visit would focus more into reaching agreements to implement past projects rather than rushing to sign new ones. “If required, we will reach new agreements. However, we will keep our feet on the ground at the moment,” Oli said.
As Nepal shares open border with India, Oli said that he’d discuss handful of issues during his first maiden visit. These include, strengthening connectivity through road and railways while ensuring security by controlling illegal activities in border areas, implementation of Pancheshwor multipurpose project, agricultural extension, soft loans for national development, the effects of currency exchange, SAARC and BIMSTEC summit.