Beijing, Mar 29 (PTI) China today commended Nepal’s new Left Alliance government for adopting an independent and balanced policy towards its neighbours. Also Read - No Seven-day Quarantine Mandatory in Nepal For Tourists Having COVID Negative Report

“China, Nepal and India are important neighbours to each other. We hope the three sides can work together, have some sound interactions and achieve common development,” Foreign Ministry Spokesman Lu Kang told a media briefing here. Also Read - 5.3 Magnitude Earthquake Hits Kathmandu in Nepal, Tremors Felt in Bihar Too

The Left Alliance of the CPN-UML, led by K P Sharma Oli and CPN-Maoist Centre, led by Prachanda, had in December secured 174 seats in the 275-member Parliament in the historic provincial and parliamentary polls. Also Read - Monsoon Session Day 2: Lok Sabha Passes Essential Commodities Bill to Raise Farmer Income, Boost Agri Sector | Highlights

Known for his pro-China stance, 65-year-old Oli was elected as the prime minister. He had earlier served as the Nepal’s prime minister from 2015 to 2016 during which Kathmandu’s ties with New Delhi had strained.

To a question about Oli’s assertion to follow independent and balanced foreign policy, Lu said China “commend the Nepali government’s commitment towards independent foreign policy.” China also “support Nepal developing friendly and positive relations with its neighbours,” Lu added.

Oli, who had publicly criticised New Delhi for interfering in Nepal’s internal matters and accused it of toppling his government, after his sweeping poll victory said his party would forge a partnership with India to move forward the country towards the path of economic prosperity.

This is published unedited from the PTI feed.