Indian envoy calls on IEC chair Regmi
Newly appointed Indian Ambassador to Nepal, Ranjit Rae, called on Chairman of the interim Election Council, Khil Raj Regmi at the Office of the Prime Minister and Council of Ministers (PMO) at Singha Durbar on Thursday.
During the meeting, Chairman Regmi hoped that the cordial relations Nepal and India have been enjoying since ages would reach new heights during Rae's stint, a PMO press release said. Regmi expressed that Nepal-India relationship will be based on mutual understanding, compassion, equality and respect.
In response, Ambassador Rae said that India affords "high priority" to its relations with Nepal and congratulated the Government of Nepal for the successful completion of the integration of Maoist combatants into Nepal Army.
Rae also assured Regmi of India's full cooperation, logistical as well as moral support, to Nepal for carrying out the Constituent Assembly election successfully on the stipulated date.
Rae arrived in Kathmandu on Monday, formally succeeding Jayant Prasad. He presented his credentials to President Ram Baran Yadav on Wednesday amid a special function.
Nepal is Rae's third ambassadorial assignment after Vietnam and Hungary.
However, he has been previously involved with Nepal as the Joint Secretary (North), overlooking India's relation with Nepal and Bhutan. He held the position from 2002 to 2006, a crucial time in Nepali politics when the process to bring the Maoists into mainstream politics began. nepalnews.com