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India steers clear of Nepal politics

Media speculations notwithstanding, India refuses to be dragged into the fresh tussle over formation of the next government in Nepal.

world Updated: Jan 19, 2011 00:21 IST
Utpal Parashar

Media speculations notwithstanding, India refuses to be dragged into the fresh tussle over formation of the next government in Nepal.

Foreign Secretary Nirupama Rao who arrived in Kathmandu on Tuesday on a three-day visit at a crucial phase in Nepali politics and peace process indicated the same.

“I am not here to comment on the internal affairs of Nepal,” she told media persons soon after her arrival.

Rao stated India is committed to working with the political leadership here for a democratic, stable, peaceful and prosperous Nepal.

During her stay the Foreign Secretary would hold discussions to review “entire gamut” of bilateral relations and deliberate on issues of mutual interest to expand and strengthen ties.

“Relations with Nepal are and will continue to be matter of highest priority for India,” Rao said.

Nepal has been without an effective government since June 2010 when Prime Minister Madhav Kumar Nepal resigned.

Also the stalled peace process and delay in government formation is affecting drafting of the new constitution of Nepal.