The Pushpa Kamal Dahal Prachanda-led government in Nepal has decided to reappoint Deep Kumar Upadhyay as Nepal’s new ambassador to India.
Upadhyay, who had been serving as Nepal’s ambassador to India since April 2015, was suddenly recalled by the erstwhile KP Sharma Oli-led government in May.
The Oli government had alleged that he was “playing a role in toppling the government”.
A cabinet meeting on Thursday decided to send Upadhyay again to India, government spokesperson Ram Karki said after the meeting.
“ Our Prime Minister is visiting India soon and Chinese President is also visiting Nepal in near future. So in this context having ambassadors in two capitals was a must,” he said while announcing the appointment.
Nepal also recommended former chief secretary Leela Mani Paudyal as its ambassador for China.
Upadhyay was recalled ahead of the visit of President of Nepal Bidhya Devi Bhandari, which was later cancelled by the government.
This is the first ambassadorial appointments by the Maoist Centre-Nepali Congress government, which immediately after its formation had withdrawn the 14 ambassadorial nominations made by the Oli government.
The key ruling parties split the ambassadorial positions in India and China. Nepali Congress, which has had friendly ties with India, gets the New Delhi quota while the Maoist party appoints the envoy for China.
The government, which earlier had sent two deputy prime ministers to China and India as special representatives, is keen to appoint envoys to Beijing and New Delhi at the earliest, particularly to the southern neighbour in view of Prime Minister Prachanda’s scheduled visit.