DPM Thapa takes up border obstruction with Indian envoy

- Post Report, Kathmandu
Indian Ambassador Rae reiterates that there is no blockade from his country’s side

Nov 24, 2015-Deputy Prime Minister and Minister for Foreign Affairs Kamal Thapa on Monday held talks with Indian Ambassador Ranjit Rae to discuss the obstruction in supply of essential commodities on the Nepal-India border and resultant the humanitarian crisis.

DPM Thapa told the Indian envoy about the problems faced in Nepal by various sectors due to the supply disruption, urging him to ease the movement of goods.

According to a Foreign Ministry official, DPM Thapa also took up the briefing to the diplomatic missions in Kathmandu last week by the Indian Embassy on the current political standoff in Nepal.

Other issues that figured in the discussion include the briefings held by the Indian External Affairs Ministry in New Delhi on Nepal, and meetings of Ambassador Rae with members of the Nepali civil society and professionals, said the source.

The ministry is planning to organise a briefing to the diplomatic community in Kathmandu soon on the crisis that the country is facing.

DPM Thapa told the Indian ambassador about the deteriorating situation in the Tarai and intelligence inputs that the Madhes movement could slip out of the hands of the agitating regional parties.

“Such a situation will complicate the domestic problem. It will also have consequences on the Indian side,” Thapa warned Rae. Both of them refused comments to the media about the talks while Thapa only said it was a courtesy call.

With the government preparing to take stringent measures to maintain law and order in the Tarai, the major concern is resuming the Raxaul-Birgunj border point that handles more than 70 percent trade between the two countries, said an official.

Ambassador Rae had reiterated that the southern neighbour had created no obstruction on the border and that it was up to the Nepali leadership to seek a political solution on the Tarai issue.


Published: 24-11-2015 08:22

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