Issues of regional importance discussed with neighbors: MEA


Prime Minister Narendra Modi has had good and substantive meetings with all SAARC leaders who came here on his invitation. He thanked them all. He has said that his oath taking is a celebration of democracy in the region, and hence mandated their presence. In the meeting with Afghan President Mr. Hamid Karzai, the attack on the Indian Embassy in Herat and the subsequent help by Afghanistan to India was appreciated. India will continue to help Afghan reconstruction, assured the PM.

In the meeting with the King of Bhutan, the PM has said that the relationship between the Countries is unique and special. The support to socio economic development activity in the Country will go on,  especially with regard to the 2120 MW power project going on.

The discussion with Maldives PM focused on the high importance for relation between the two countries. The security interests of both countries are same, it was reminded. Both leaders have agreed upon the observation that territories should not be allowed for use by anybody else. Co operation in Natural Gas, Oil Exploration sector should be improved. Tourism too needs better cooperation, felt the leaders.

Discussion with Mauritius focused on improved and shared maritime security measures, cooperation in the area of renewable energy. Indian Ocean security RIM association cooperation should be regularized, felt the leaders.

Nepal and India shared history and culture, observed the PM with the Nepali representative. The political progress achieved by Nepal in the recent times after the problems it has faced was appreciated by Mr. Modi.

The PM has said that India appreciates the value of relationship with the country. The PM has urged to expedite national reconciliation giving value to Tamil life. The Country could go beyond the 13th Amendment in addressing Tamil concerns, felt the PM. The PM has also said that there is a need for greater connectivity between the nations.

With the Pakistan PM Nawaz Sharif, mainly the concerns on terrorism were conveyed. Pakistan must abide by commitments given with regard to anti terrorism efforts in the region. The relations between the countries could move immediately from September 2012 status. Definite action on 26/11 perpetrators was demanded by the Indian PM.

The details of all the meetings were summed up by Ministry of External Affairs Secretary Sujata Singh.

Medaram Jathara

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