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Necessity to put behind emotional and historical baggage and focus on pragmatism: Indian envoy Rae

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Kathmandu, June 23, 2016: Indian Ambassador to Nepal Ranjit Rae said that it is high time we focus on the immense economic opportunities that lie ahead for countries in the South Asian region.

Speaking at an event organized by the Asian Institute of Diplomacy and International Affairs (AIDIA) in Kathmandu to discuss on Nepal-India-Bangladesh Trilateral Economic Partnership, Ambassador Rae had stressed the need to move ahead with urgency in joint projects that creates a win-win situation for all countries involved. Emphasizing the need to create vested interests in mutual economic development instead of engaging in politicking over projects of national and regional importance, he stressed that the first priority for the countries should be economic prosperity of the people.

Mr. Jhalanath Khanal, the former Prime Minister of Nepal and the guest speaker in the programme, highlighted the need to move beyond irritants in the relationship to forge stronger and deeper ties amongst the nations.

Speaking on the programme, Hari Bhakta Sharma, President of the Confederation of Nepalese Industries, mentioned that on a day when PM Oli has to go to Tribhuvan International Airport to receive the dead bodies of the Nepalis killed by terrorists in Kabul, the nation must realize the importance of the need for investment in creating jobs within Nepal. He highlighted the dangerous and precarious situations that Nepali migrant workers have been enduring on a daily basis in foreign lands. He also clarified on why Nepal should work with India and Bangladesh to invest in productive sectors to uplift the national economy.

The programme was attended by various dignified guests including the Bangladeshi Ambassador Mrs. Mashfee Binte Shams, Nepali Congress leader Prakash Sharan Mahat, CEO of the Investment Board of Nepal Radhesh Pant among others.