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.