DPM Kamal Thapa returns home, says India has assured of easing supplies
KATHMANDU: Wrapping up his three-day official visit to India, Deputy Prime Minister and Minister for Foreign Affairs Kamal Thapa returned home on Monday afternoon.
Upon his arrival at the Tribhuvan International Airport, Thapa told media the Indian leadership has assured him of rerouting the cargo vehicles stranded on the Indian side and easing supplies to Nepal through the border entry points that are least affected by the protests.
"India's Prime Minister (Narendra Modi), External Affairs Minister (Sushma Swaraj) and Home Minister (Rajnath Singh) clearly told me India did not have any prescription to Nepal over Constitution and it was a matter to be decided by Nepali people, Nepali political parties," he said. "We just want to see ownership of all ensured in the Constitution and that built up the basis of peace, stability and prosperity in the country."
"This is all what we want," he quoted the Indian leaders as telling him repeatedly.
Deputy Prime Minister Thapa, who met Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi in New Delhi earlier today and top Indian officials including External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj and Home Minister Rajnath Singh yesterday, said he expressed Nepal's concerns over the acute shortage of fuel and other commodities following obstruction of supplies at the Nepal-India border to the Indian leadership.
In response, according to Thapa, the top Indian officials said India was also deeply concerned over the matter and assured him that there would not be any hindrance from their side to ease the supplies through all border entry points.
As they clearly said Nepal can import required supplies from the available border entry points, he said, "It is also our challenge to bring in the supplies."
"They have said they are ready to send supplies up to the Nepal-India border and asked us to take them towards Nepal. Now, we have to do that."
"I believe this visit played a role in removing misunderstandings between Nepal and India," the pro-Hindu state Rastriya Prajatantra Party-Nepal chairman said, adding that he returned home with optimism.
Deputy Prime Minister Thapa had flown to the Indian capital on Saturday to hold talks with the Indian government over the disruption of essential supplies to Nepal.
Nepal is currently reeling under acute shortage of petroleum products and other commodities after the Madhesi parties, disgruntled over the provisions in new Constitution, resorted to obstruction of supplies at the major customs points along the Nepal-India border.