India and Nepal restore friendlier ties, deals signed

(From VOA)

India and Nepal have put diplomatic relations, that had frayed in the past year, back on track during a visit to New Delhi by Nepal’s new prime minister, Pushpa Kamal Dahal, popularly known as Prachanda.

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Prime Minister Narendra Modi  (R) greets Nepalese counterpart Pushpa Kamal Dahal at Hyderabad house in New Delhi on Friday

Prachanda’s three-day trip to India less than a month after he assumed office is seen as an effort to re-balance ties after his predecessor had steered the tiny Himalayan country closer to its other giant neighbor, China.

Before landing in New Delhi, Prachanda said relations with India had become frosty for some time and he wanted to remove “the bitterness.”

New Delhi, which has been concerned about Beijing’s growing influence in the strategically located country, took the opportunity to woo Nepal back into its fold.

India’s foreign ministry called it a “very warm visit” and said discussions focused on development projects in its landlocked neighbor that remains one of the world’s poorest countries. Read More

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