Indian Prime Minister Modi Sees Defense Cooperation with Nepal High Priority

Indian Prime minister Narendra Modi identified defense and security as an important aspect of bilateral ties.

Aug. 26, 2017, 9:23 a.m.

Indian Prime minister Narendra Modi identified defense and security as an important aspect of bilateral ties.

“Cooperation in defense and security between Nepal and India was a matter of high priority,” said Prime Minister Narendra Modi in a press conference.

Indian Prime Minister Modi’s this statement is significant in the context of a stand-off between India and China in Doklam in India-China-Bhutan border near Nepal’s border with Sikkim. “Our defense are interdependent and linked to each other,” said Modi after a one-to-one meeting of Nepalese Prime Minister Deuba.

In a separate press meet, Indian foreign secretary S jaishankar has announced that Brigunj's advanced Integrated Check Post between India and Nepal will be operationalized by December 2017 to facilitate trade.

Briefing the media about the meeting between Prime Minister Narendra Modi and his Nepalese counterpart Sher Bahadur Deuba, the Foreign Secretary said, "Brigunj Integrated Check Posts will be operationalise this year and Nepal and India have agreed to speed up work on the other two planned Integrated Check Posts (ICPs) at Bhairahawa and Nepalgunj which provide various facilities including immigration, customs check, quarantine, freight forwarding, information, and communication technology management, financial institutions and others for the convenience of traders."

"The most important project is the Petroleum pipeline project from Motihari in Bihar to supply fuel to neighbor Nepal through the planned pipeline up to Amlekganj in Nepal," Jaishankar added.

 Jaishankar said that Nepal Prime Minister Sher Bahadur Deuba briefed Prime Minister Modi about the recent developments of his country and Modi congratulated his counterpart for the successful conduct of two phases of local level elections.

He further revealed, "Both the leaders discussed issues broadly from the earthquake reconstruction issue, and the development of the democratic institutions in Nepal that are indispensable for peace, development, and prosperity."

"Prime Minister Modi also appreciated the efforts being made by the government of Nepal to take all sections on board in the Constitution implementation process and establishment as a federal democratic Republic," the Foreign Secretary added.

The Foreign Secretary said that both the leaders recognized that being the open border both India and Nepal had to take extra care to ensure this border isn't misused.

Prime Minister Narendra Modi and his Nepalese counterpart Sher Bahadur Deuba also discussed on strategic bilateral and regional issues.

India has been building the ICPs at all the four places on both sides of the border, and they are expected to facilitate trade as a result of integrated services.

Had a positive meeting reviewing the gamut of our partnership," Prime Minister Modi said at a joint press event with Deuba and assured him of India's commitment towards overall growth and development of the Himalayan nation.

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