Indian general plays Indian politician in Nepal
N24, KATHMANDU: Now it is the turn of Indian army general to comment on Nepalese internal affairs.
The visiting Gen VK Singh has on Thursday offered “all possible help to Nepal in its army integration process and for disaster management,” saying India will do whatever it can to take forward the bilateral ties.
“‘Nepal ko hit ma India ko hit chha’ (whatever is in the interest of Nepal will be in the interest of India too),” he has been quoted saying in Nepali.
He said that anything that Nepal wants to do we will stand side by side, with what they want to do.
“To that extent whatever assistance is asked from us as friends and brothers we will give that,” Singh has been further quoted saying. He was in Nepal to watch a counter-hijacking demonstration at the Tribhuvan International Airport.
During a meeting with Prime Minister Baburam Bhattarai, Gen Singh said “Indian army is strong and unified and it has displayed unity in diversity.,”
He has said the obvious”Indian army has great faith in democracy.”
Prime Minister Bhattarai said Nepal army is also democratic and professional as they have been trained by the Indian army.
He said that the peace process and the Constitution-making have come to the final stage in Nepal. “The Maoist combatants will soon be integrated into the national army,” Prime Minister said, adding integration will begin and the arms will be handed over to the government in the next few days.
Singh also met with Ram Baran Yadav and Bijaya Kumar Gachhadar.
“I have told the Prime Minister that whatever is in the interest of Nepal will be in the interest of India,” he has been quoted saying.
He attened regional conference on disaster management and humanitarian assistance organised at the initiative of Nepal Army in Kathmandu.
“We can assist each other on the basis of lessons learnt from the past disasters.”