Nepal India securities are interlinked: Indian Home Minister Singh

Indian home minister Raj Nath Singh said that security of India and Nepal are intrinsically linked

Sept. 19, 2014, 5:45 p.m. Published in Magazine Issue: Vol: 08 No. -7 September. 12- 2014 (Bhadra 27, 2071)

Indian Home Minster of India attend Sixth meeting of SAARC Ministers of Interior/ Home. During his visit, minister Singh called on Prime Minister Sushil Koirala and met Deputy PM/Home Minister Shri Bam Dev Gautam of Nepal and leaders from Nepalese Congress on 18th September 2014.

Minister Singh also called President Ram Baran Yadav and met political leaders from various parties including CPN-UML, UCPN(M) and Madhesh based political parties. He will leave 20th Saturday. According to a press release issued by Indian Embassy, during his meetings with leaders of Nepal,  Singh stated that it is evident from the history that India has never followed the policy of expansionism.

He further stressed that security of Nepal and India are intrinsically linked. Minister Singh expressed deep appreciation to the contribution of Nepalese citizen in Indian Army. Singh stated that there was enormous goodwill for Nepal in India and assured the leadership of Nepal that both the countries will work to achieve peace, stability and prosperity in Nepal.

Indian Home Minister appreciated the efforts of the Government of Nepal in dealing with trans-border crimes. Singh underlined the need for more focused effort to control the activities of criminal elements, terrorists and otherIndia’s Insurgent Groups along the Indo- Nepal border. He expressed concern on the smuggling of fake currency notes and human trafficking.

He stated that there is a need for evolving bilateral mechanism for dealing with the issue of human trafficking. ] Home Minister promised full support to the Government of Nepal for strengthening the capability of the Nepal police and the Armed Police Force. He reiterated Indian offer to provide full financial support to set up the National Police Academy of Nepal.

The Indian HM expressed his concern on the growth of religious fundamentalism in the border areas. Home Minister of Nepal informed that several steps have already been taken to check cross-border crimes.

He assured full cooperation to India. He further stated that he will ensure that there is no security threat to India due to Nepal. Minister Singh underlined a need for construction of missing border pillars and expressedthe hope that the Surveyor Generals of both the countries who are meeting in Kathmandu will reach consensus on disputed areas.

Minister Singh thanked the Government of Nepal for timely cooperation extended by them in averting a catastrophic flood in Bihar in early August in this year. He offered greater cooperation in disaster management to Nepal and underlined the need to establish a bilateral mechanism on disaster management. India suggested that need assessment team for disaster management should be set up in both the countries. Minister Singh stated that in case Government of Nepal agrees Indian government will conduct medical camp for the citizen of Nepal at different places along the border.

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