DPM Thapa hopeful of ending blockade at Indo-Nepal border
- Thapa telephones Swaraj from London
Dec 17, 2015-
Deputy Prime Minister and Minister for Foreign Affairs Kamal Thapa has expressed his confidence that the blockaded at Nepal-India borders would end soon.
Minister Thapa, who is currently in London, said so after a telephone conversation with his Indian Counterpart Sushma Swaraj.
Thapa left for United Kingdom on Tuesday to attend a special bicentenary reception hosted by the UK Foreign and Commonwealth Office in London on December 16 to commemorate the 200 years of Nepal-Britain relations. Sources said that Thapa informed about the probability of ending the blockade during a meeting with Parliamentarians including Nepal desk Chairman of the Britain’s all party Parliamentary Committe, Birendra Sharma.
England’s lawmakers Matthew Alford, Lord Sandwich, Ruth Cadbury, Earl of Sandwich among others were present in the meeting.
Thapa also met his UK counterpart Phillip Hammond, Minister of State for the Foreign and Commonwealth Office Hugo Swire, Minister of State for International Development and Desmond Swayne in different meetings. The relationship and cooperation between the two countries were discussed in the meetings. Sources also informed that UK Ministers showed their concern about the humanitarian crisis caused by the blockade.
Joint Secretary at Foreign Ministry Prakash Kumar Subedi, under-secretary Kumar Kharel, and his personal aide Bharat Kumar Regmi and Acting Nepali ambassador to UK Tej Bahadur Chhetri attended the meeting along with Thapa.
Thapa is scheduled to address a programme that will be attended by representatives of various Nepali and UK organisations. Thapa is also scheduled to meet ex-British Gurkhas.
Published: 17-12-2015 15:43