TEHRAN: Prime Minister Dr Baburam Bhattarai held a meeting with Indian Prime Minister Dr. Manmohan Singh on the sidelines of the 16th Summit of the Non Aligned Movement (NAM) here late Thursday evening.
Matters of mutual interests were discussed during the meeting held at the summit’s lobby. The meeting lasted for over an hour.The meeting also discussed about the issues relating to Nepal’s latest political situation and efforts undertaken for forging political consensus, PM Dr. Bhattarai told RSS after the meeting.
During the meeting, the Indian Prime Minister was requested to provide 200 megawatts of electricity to Nepal in line with the past agreement and manage transmission lines in those areas lacking the lines.
In response, the Indian PM pledged to supply power to Nepal as per the past agreement.
PM Bhattarai urged his Indian counterpart to support Nepal’s economic development endeavors and increase investment in Nepal as well.
Stating that people’s living standard would not go up until and unless the nation witnesses double digit economic growth, PM Bhattarai said that the Government of Nepal was committed to achieving double digit growth and urged the Indian Government to help to that end.
Similarly, the Indian PM was requested to extend cooperation for the development of hydro power sector as well.
In reply, Indian PM Dr. Singh said that his government was ready to extend help to Nepal as per its wishes and vowed special support in the days ahead. Nepal is in the forefront of Indian Government’s foreign support list, he said.
Enquiring about the latest political developments in Nepal, Indian PM Singh expressed hope that a way out to the present political crisis in Nepal would be found on the basis of political consensus. Political parties in Nepal are themselves capable to give a way out to the nation, he said.
In response, PM Bhattarai said all the political parties of Nepal are making efforts for forging consensus and are univocal to move ahead together.
The meeting was highly significant and the Indian PM praised the incumbent government for the measures it has taken, said Dr Bhattarai.