Speaking at an interaction programme on “Nepal Bharat Cooperation: Prospects and Challenges in Present Context” in Kathmandu on Friday evening, Dr. Chauthaiwala said bilateral relations can be taken forward based on pragmatism and deepening civilization connect.
He said a section of people in Nepal think that India has a kind of design to overwhelm or dominate Nepal’s polity.
Rejecting such misconception, Dr. Chauthaiwala said India is fully aware that Nepal is a sovereign country and Nepal has to decide its fate and charter path of development. He said India is there to extend helping hand on equal term basis.
He requested people of Nepal to look at India as non dominating and collaborating friend.
Dr. Chauthaiwale also spoke about the recently concluded parliamentary elections in India and the transformative development that has been initiated by the NDA Government led by Prime Minister Narendra Modi.
He asked Nepal to reap the benefits from its proximity to a rapidly developing economy like India.
The event was organized by the Nepal Bharat Friendship. Indian Ambassador to Nepal Manjeev Singh Puri, Senior leaders from various political parties of Nepal, former Ambassadors, media persons and foreign policy experts participated in the interaction.