Se­cu­rity Con­cerns

Southasia - - Briefing -

Against the back­drop of in­creased anti-In­dia ac­tiv­i­ties by Maoists, Nepal has as­sured New Delhi that its se­cu­rity con­cerns would be ad­dressed and vowed not to al­low any ac­tiv­ity from its soil di­rected at the In­dian borders.

The as­sur­ance came af­ter S.M. Kr­ishna urged the Nepalese gov­ern­ment to pro­vide ad­e­quate safety to In­dian diplo­mats serv­ing in Nepal. The Ex­ter­nal Af­fairs Min­is­ter was on a three-day visit to Nepal in late April, where he dis­cussed is­sues of bi­lat­eral in­ter­est and af­firmed In­dia’s com­mit­ment to Nepal’s peace process.

Mr. Kr­ishna met Pres­i­dent Ram Baran Ya­dav, Premier Jhala Nath Khanal and Deputy Premier Bharat Mo­han Adhikary and dis­cussed a host of is­sues in­clud­ing peace, se­cu­rity, bi­lat­eral co­op­er­a­tion and cur­rent po­lit­i­cal de­vel­op­ments in Nepal. Dur­ing the talks, Nepal as­sured In­dia that it would ad­dress its se­cu­rity con­cerns which, In­dia fears, pose a great threat to re­gional se­cu­rity.

In­dia also pledged its sup­port to Nepal’s en­deav­ors to­wards eco­nomic de­vel­op­ment. In­dia pro­vides a vi­tal life­line to its land­locked neigh­bor as its sole sup­plier of fuel and the two mainly Hindu coun­tries share close re­li­gious and cul­tural links.

The Maoists form part of Nepal’s gov­ern­ment and are a ma­jor force in the coun­try. They have tra­di­tion­ally re­sented the In­di­ans, view­ing them as in­ter­fer­ing in the coun­try’s in­ter­nal af­fairs.

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