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India has no 'likes' or 'dislikes' in Nepal: Manmohan Singh

Publication Date : 28-12-2012


Stating that New Delhi does not have any “likes or dislikes” in Kathmandu, Indian Prime Minister Manmohan Singh has said that the southern neighbour is ready to extend support as Nepal wishes.

"We [India] don't have any likes or dislikes [in Nepal]. Yours is completely an internal process," Singh told the Nepali delegation during a restricted meeting at his official residence on 7 Race Course Road prior to a dinner hosted in honour of President Yadav on Wednesday evening.

"India is always ready to extend assistance as sought by Nepal," a top Nepali official quoted Singh as saying.

Irrigation Minister Mahendra Yadav, Foreign Secretary Durga Bhattarai, Secretary at President's Office Sheetal Babu Regmi, Political Adviser to President Hari Sharma and Nepal's acting Ambassador to India Khaganath Adhikari were present during the restricted meeting between Yadav and Singh.

Prime Minister Singh was accompanied by External Affairs Minister Salman Khursid, National Security Adviser Shivshankar Menon and Indian Ambassador to Nepal Jayanta Prasad, among others.

During the talks, President Yadav told the Indian delegation that "efforts to forge political consensus were under way and he was hopeful of positive results".

Meanwhile, President Yadav continued high-level parleys yesterday, discussing mainly the efforts to end the political impasse in Nepal with Home Minister Sushil Kumar Shinde, National Security Adviser Menon and Foreign Secretary Ranjan Mathai.

President Yadav also had a brief one-on-one with Menon at Hotel Oberoi, where all of yesterday's discussions took place.

Prior to the meetings, President Yadav had a health check-up at the All India Institute of Medical Sciences (AIIMS).

Today, President Yadav is scheduled to meet Defence Minister AK Antony, Bharatiya Janata Party President Nitin Gadkari, other party leaders Yashwant Sinha, Rajnath Singh and Janata Dal (United) chief Sharad Yadav, among others.

Chinese engagement in Nepal open secret: Shinde

On a different note, Indian Home Minister Shinde, talking to reporters after the meeting with President Yadav, said that China's growing activities in Nepal were open secret.

He, however, clarified that he had not received any inputs from the Indian intelligence agencies regarding the "Chinese activities in Nepal" as reported by the media.

"In fact, I have not received any information from intelligence agencies but I have been reading several reports in media on Chinese activities in Nepal," said Shinde.


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