The recent slide in Indo-Nepal ties was described as a “bad dream” on Tuesday by the outgoing Nepalese ambassador Deep Kumar Upadhyay who emphasised that the two countries had to work towards “repairing and mending” the relationship.
Recalled by his government amid reports that he was “colluding” with India to topple the government of Prime Minister KP Oli, Upadhyay denied allegations and described his recall as a “political decision” attributable to “destiny”.
Upadhyay, a senior leader of Nepali Congress, who leaves for Kathmandu on Sunday after a brief tenure of over a year, said the visit of Nepal’s President Bhidya Devi Bhandari to India should not have been put off. She was due to visit this week but her government cancelled the trip amid the internal political turmoil in Nepal.
Speaking about the future of the bilateral ties, the Nepalese envoy said India should understand Nepal’s problems and issues. He said he would not like to apportion the blame for the current strains in ties but asserted that it takes “two hands to clap”.
Upadhyay, for whom foreign secretary S Jaishankar hosted a lunch on Tuesday, said there was anxiety on the Indian side regarding the current state of the relationship. Restoration of mutual trust was discussed at the lunch.
“The past incidents should be forgotten as bad dreams and both sides should work towards repairing and mending the ties,” Upadhyay told PTI.