Pradeep Gyawali
Minister for Foreign Affairs Pradeep Kumar Gyawali speaks during a special interaction program organized by Reporters’ Club Nepal on the eve of the 73rd Independence Day of India in Kathmandu on Wednesday, August 14, 2019. Photo: Mukunda Kalikote/Reporters’ Club Nepal

KATHMANDU, Aug 14: The growing prosperity of India is an opportunity for Nepal to realize its dream of development and opportunity, said Minister for Foreign Affairs Pradeep Kumar Gyawali.

“India-Nepal bilateral relation is interrelated and interdependent. Thus Nepal can benefit a lot from the growing economy of India,” said Minister Gyawali speaking at a special interaction program organized on Wednesday by Reporters’ Club Nepal on the eve of India’s 73rd Independence Day.

“India has taken a huge stride in economic development and has established itself as one of the six largest successful economies in the world. It is a golden opportunity for Nepal as well to benefit from its southern neighbor,” he added.

Stating that Nepal and India are set to establish a relationship of bilateral partnership with a focus on economic development, he added, “Many bilateral projects have been accomplished while some are in progress.”

Minister Gyawali was of the view that although India-Nepal bilateral relations have dynamic aspects only economic partnership can strengthen the ties further between two nations.

“The construction of Motihari-Amlekhjung petroleum pipeline project has been completed and is set to start its operation soon. Nepal can save billions of rupees spent on the transportation of petroleum products.”

“A number of bilateral projects in major areas are in progress. The postal highway project is currently under construction. Similarly, both countries have agreed upon a 113 km railway line that would link Raxaul with the capital city Kathmandu. Other projects include inland waterways and partnership in agriculture.”

“Likewise, inundation has been a huge problem for both countries. Both the governments are making efforts to minimize the damage caused by monsoon floods,” said Gyawali.

“Our interest is the relationship of friendship and support. I believe the India-Nepal relationship becomes more positive the days ahead.”

On the occasion, he also extended best wishes to India on its 73rd Independence Day.

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