PM Modi’s policy is ‘neighborhood first’: Indian Envoy to Nepal Puri


KATHMANDU, Aug 14: Ambassador of India to Nepal Manjeev Singh Puri has said that Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s main policy has always been ‘neighborhood first’.

“With everyone, for everyone’s development, is the main motto of PM Modi. We work in solidarity for overall development,” said Envoy Puri while addressing an interaction program organized by the Reporters’ Club Nepal on Monday on the occasion of the 70th Independence Day of India.

“PM Modi’s policy has always been ‘neighborhood first’. Nepal shares border with five states of India. We have open border and have close linguistic, marital, religious and cultural ties at people to people level; we have trade partnership; and we have ‘special relationship’. India has high goodwill for Nepal and wants progress of Nepal and its people,” said Puri.

Ambassador Puri further said that Indian political leaders and people were dedicated to work in solidarity for country’s development and advised Nepalese leaders to show readiness to go along with the neighbor’s progress.

Stating that Nepal and India had four exchanges of high level visits in the past six months, he claimed that both the countries shared a positive and cordial bilateral relation. He added, “Nepal’s Prime Minister Sher Bahadur Deuba is visiting India on August 23 at the invitation of Indian Prime Minister Modi. His visit will prove to be a milestone in the bilateral history between Nepal and India.”

Implementation of past accords, India-funded projects and cross-border connectivity projects will be of high priority during PM Deuba’s five-day visit to India.

He further added that India as one of the largest democratic nation in the world would always extend assistance to Nepal in protecting and institutionalizing democracy in Nepal.