NEW DELHI: In the first interview of 2021, Nepal’s envoy to India Nilamber Acharya has said that India and Nepal have ‘enormous goodwill’ and ‘close friendship at a high political level’. Speaking exclusively to our Principal Diplomatic Correspondent Sidhant Sibal, Acharya said, foreign minister of Nepal will visit India for the joint commission meet, a visit he said, “will give impetus for further development of our extensive relations.”
One of the key focus during the visit will be on COVID vaccine even as India has given approval to two vaccines over the weekend. The Nepali envoy during his interview congratulated “India and its scientists” for their “achievements leading to the production of affordable vaccines suitable to our countries.” The visit by Nepal FM Pradeep Gyawali will be the first such high profile visit from Kathmandu to India in over a year. Last year, a number of high-level visits from New Delhi to Nepal happened as both sides showed the intent to firm up ties.
WION: How do you see India-Nepal ties?
Nilamber Acharya: India-Nepal ties are historical, time-tested, exemplary, and ever-growing. The very fabric of our relationship is finely weaved through the people to people exchanges and cross-border social and cultural ties. There are enormous goodwill and close friendship at a high political level. We are very close neighbors and friends with a common way of life. We share many values from spiritual to political, civilizational to religious, ancient to modern. We have benefitted from our comprehensive cooperation and easy access to each other’s country thanks to open borders and cultural affinity. There have been some differences and issues to be resolved. As good friends we agree to sort out and resolve them through dialogue. We don’t allow differences in some questions to impact other areas of our extensive cooperation. We are moving ahead.