India will extend help in Nepalese peace process : Mukherjee

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Kathmandu, Nov 25 (UNI) India today reiterated its support to the Nepalese peace process, saying it wanted to see political stability in the Himalayan nation.

External Affairs Minister Pranab Mukherjee, who is on a three-day visit to Nepal, held parleys with Nepalese Prime Minister Pushpa Kamal Dahal ''Prachanda'' and former Prime Minister and Nepali Congress president Girija Prasad Koirala.

He met Mr Prachanda at his residence in Baluwater here and discussed the entire spectrum of bilateral relations between the two countries.

''They discussed about the political situation of the country, peace process and Army integration,'' Mr Hira Bahadur Thapa, Nepalese Prime Minister's Special Adviser said after the meeting.

Mr Mukherjee advised the Nepalese Prime Minister to move ahead with the politics of consensus and cooperation and discussed the criminal activities in Nepal-India border and its solution, Mr Thapa said.

Mr Koirala Meanwhile admired the role of India in helping Nepal's peace process.

In a meeting with Mr Mukherjee, Mr Koirala said India should have a definite foreign policy towards Nepal.

Mr Koirala also told Mr Mukherjee that the CPN-Maoist leadership was not very keen on either drafting a new constitution or working to give a final shape to the peace process.


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