DPM Thapa urges New Delhi to keep its word

- Post Report, Kathmandu

Oct 25, 2015-

The government has said India has failed to comply with its assurance of easing the petroleum supply it has been “obstructing” for the last one month.

Addressing the parliamentary session on Saturday, Deputy Prime Minister and Foreign Minister Kamal Thapa claimed India’s Minister for Foreign Affairs Sushma Swaraj had agreed to take a concrete step in increasing fuel supply to Nepal during their meeting in New Delhi last week. Besides Swaraj, Thapa had also met with Indian PM Narendra Modi and Home Minister Raj Nath Singh. “The Indian side had assured us that they would ease supplies. It’s been a week since my visit, but there has not been much progress. We hope the Indian side will make good on its promise,” he said. 

Thapa claimed that unobstructed transit is the right of the landlocked country and international laws have guaranteed such rights. 

Briefing Parliament on government’s efforts at easing the fuel crisis, DPM Thapa said it had already started the process to import fuel from another country. The government is also preparing to involve the private sector in fuel import, he added. 

Thapa said the obstruction in transit has caused more damage to the country than the April 25 earthquake. “The government is sincerely working to ease fuel supply without compromising on the country’s dignity,” said Thapa, who also leads the government dialogue panel. (PR)

Published: 25-10-2015 08:10

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