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Manmohan meets Nepalese PM

Amid political wrangling in Nepal over govt formation, PM Manmohan Singh meets its caretaker Premier Girija Prasad Koirala on the margins of the SAARC summit.

world Updated: Aug 03, 2008 14:05 IST

Amid political wrangling in Nepal over government formation, Prime Minister Manmohan Singh met its caretaker Premier Girija Prasad Koirala on the margins of the SAARC summit in Colombo and assured him of India's continued support to the Himalayan state's democratic transition.

During the meeting between the two leaders, Singh told Koirala he was impressed by the steps taken by the Himalayan country to usher in democracy, including the conduct of the Constituent Assembly elections on April 10, officials said.

The Prime Minister said India will continue to work to support Nepal in its democratic transition.

Koirala, whose attendance in SAARC had raked up a controversy in Nepal as both Maoists and CPN-UML were opposed to the caretaker Premier representing the Himalayan state instead of its President Ram Baran Yadav, briefed Singh on the developments in his country.

Both Maoists and CPN-UML had agreed to Koirala attending the summit after he apologised for not consulting them on the matter in advance.

Maoists, who had emerged as the largest group in the Constituent Assembly polls followed by Koirala's Nepali Congress and CPN-UML, have been invited by the President to form a government of national consensus. However, former rebels are yet to convince the major parties to join them.

All major parties in Nepal are currently engaged in cajoling fringe groups whose support is crucial for formation of a government.