resize_imageThe ‘India-Nepal Border Summit 2015’ began here on Thursday with an aim to seek cordial resolution to the disputes related to border security and to enhance pre-historic relations between the two countries.

The two-day summit hosted by the Indian Consulate General at Birgunj is expected to focus on security, open border market, tourism, trans-border commutation and border relations.

On the occasion, Secretary (Border Management) at the India’s Home Ministry Snehlata Kumar said the Indian government was eager to coordinate with Nepal for Nepal’s economic and social development. The Indian Secretary underscored the need for broadening and consolidating the friendship and understanding between Nepal and India on the basis of two countries’ religious and cultural heritages.

Likewise, Indian ambassador to Nepal Ranjit Rae reiterated that India always wished to see lasting peace, political stability and economic prosperity in Nepal. He said the Indian government was always ready to play a supportive role to make the relations between Nepal and India people-oriented, and strong in the 21st century.

Ambassador Rae also said that it was essential to form ‘Border Support Council’ for holding consultation and coordination among the civil society activists of the concerned border areas in order to minimize the recurring challenges and problems at the border. Adding that the the border issue was related with various states of India, Rae urged the Nepali government to make most of a separate mechanism formed under the Indian Foreign Ministry with representatives from different states to find solution to the border problems.

Addressing the program, former State Minister of Home, Mohammad Rijwan Ansari, Customs Department Deputy Director General Damodar Regmi and Indian Customs Patna Commissioner Kishori Lal emphasized on channeling the opportunity of an open border for both countries’ development and prosperity while underlining the need to respect the desire of two countries’ citizens’ for freedom, equality, social justice, and lasting and permanent peace and prosperity. RSS

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