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Amid Maoist-Army tussle, India's envoy to Nepal visits Delhi

world Updated: Apr 23, 2009 19:44 IST

With the Maoist-led government in Nepal locked in a tussle with the country's Army chief, the Indian Ambassador, who has met Prime Minister Prachanda thrice within a week, left for New Delhi on Thursday for consultation over the issue.

Indian envoy Rakesh Sood left Kathmandu for Delhi for consultations over the issue with the Indian establishment, an embassy official said, adding the visit was a routine affair.

However, the visit that comes at a crucial time, is being regarded as significant in Kathmandu.

Prior to leaving for India, Sood met Prachanda at the PM's Office. This was the third meeting between the two within a week.

Besides Sood, Prachanda on Thursday also held meetings with senior diplomats from other countries during which they reportedly expressed concern over the government's plans to sack Army chief Gen Rookmangud Katawal.

During his meeting with Prachanda, Sood is reported to have expressed India's concern over the Maoists attempt to sack the Army chief.

The Maoists had on Wednesday said that "tremendous pressure" from India and the US had prevented them from sacking Katawal, who was asked for explanations on a number of issues by the government.