India ready to revise existing bilateral treaties with Nepal

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Kathmandu, Nov 26 : Visiting Indian External Affairs Minister Pranab Mukherjee today reiterated that India is ready to replace the old treaties between the two neighbours with new ones.

Talking to mediapersons in Sunsari district where he inspected the reconstruction work at the damaged Koshi embankment, Mukherjee said India is serious towards finding a proper solution to difficulties caused by damaged embankment of Koshi River.

" India would extend all possible assistance to divert the river to its original path," he added. Mukherjee said that that India had suffered more from the inundation than Nepal. He also stressed the need for implementation of the past agreements.

During Nepal Prime Minister Prachanda's visit to India in September, both governments had reached an agreement to complete the reconstruction of Koshi dam by April next year.

According to Koshi agreement, construction, maintenance and reconstruction of the Koshi barrage and the dam is a liability of the Indian government.

Earlier, he met Prachanda at the latter's residence in Baluwater and discussed issues of bilateral concerns. The meeting dwelt on making the bilateral relationship between both countries more strong.

Mukherjee told the media after the talks that they were productive and fruitful. He also said that India is ready to extend support to Nepal, Nepalnews reported.

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