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India, China relations not comparable, but India first as friend: Oli

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New Delhi | Monday, Feb 22 2016 IST
 
Nepalese Prime Minister K P Sharma Oli today said Nepal respects sensitivities of India and China and treats each country on a separate footing, though India will remain its preferred choice for doing business and deepening ties."The future of India and Nepal are intertwined because they are geographically inextricable. The open border between the two countries is an example of trust in people-to-people relation," Mr Oli said while delivering a 21st Sapru House Lecture at Indian Council of World Affairs(ICWA) here.The Nepalese Prime Minister said the depth of relation between the two countries was evident from an open border which he held in high respect and would like to see that the status quo is maintained forever.Seeking to dispel any notion that a foreign power might use Nepal territory for anti-India activity, the Nepalese Prime Minister made clear his country will not allow it. "We will not allow any hostile force to be directed against India from Nepal's territory."He said Nepal was happy to see that its two giant neighbours, India and China, were leading as world's fastest growing economies. "We do to discriminate one at the expense of other. We see it as an opportunity for partnership. And the prosperity of Nepal is in the interest of its neighbours.""However," Mr Oli added,"we look to India for economic development and infrastructure projects. Nepal is also very rich in natural resources and we would like to share these with our neighbour particularly with India."Mr Oli said Nepal could not afford to remain "a poor backyard" of Asia and it wants to take advantage of opportunities that are unfolding in its neighbourhood.More UNI PRA SW AE 1611

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