On Saturday, Prime Minister Narendra Modi in his address from the ramparts of Lal Qila hinted at extending the Neighborhood First Policy, the same day two neighboring countries have tried to address the unease in the relationship in recent times. On the one hand, Nepal’s PM KP Sharma Oli telephoned PM Narendra Modi to congratulate the anniversary of independence, on the other hand Ambassador of Bangladesh Mohammad Imran gave full credit to PM Narendra Modi for giving new height to the relationship with India.
This is the most high-level dialogue between the two countries since Nepal changed its claim to three parts of India after changing its new political map. At the same time, Bangladesh, which has disagreed with India on issues like CAA, is clear that it is ready to move forward. On the 74th anniversary of independence, PM Modi said in his speech that we are trying to strengthen our thousands of years old cultural, social and economic relations with remote neighbors … Today the neighbor is not the only one with whom geographical Limits are connected, but they are also the ones that make the heart meet.
In recent years, India has also deepened relations with all the countries of the extended neighborhood. Referring to the relations between the West Asian countries of the Gulf region, the PM said that trust with them has increased significantly. Our economic relationship with these countries is particularly important in the energy sector. A large number of Indians work there. We are grateful to them for the way these countries have helped Indians during the Coronavirus era and have accepted the request of the Government of India.
In this sequence, PM also mentioned India’s centuries-old cultural and religious relations with ASEAN countries. The manner in which PM has mentioned the extent of security relations with these countries has its own significance. A call made by Nepal’s PM Oli is also being interpreted to mean that he can change his attitude towards India. Oli has made controversial statements not only about the new political map of Nepal, but also recently about the birthplace of Lord Rama. In the past too, he has often talked about moving closer to China rather than India.
Now on Monday, a meeting has been held between the Foreign Secretaries of India and Nepal. In this, apart from development projects being run by India, bilateral issues have to be discussed. The Indian Ministry of External Affairs is seriously engaged in resolving issues of tension with Pakistan and other neighboring countries in view of the increasing tension with China. A day before, it has been announced to provide huge assistance of $ 500 million to Maldives. There is a possibility of further increase in aid to Nepal, Bangladesh, Sri Lanka, Bhutan in the coming days.