Government effortful to ease border problems: DPM Thapa

KATHMANDU: Deputy Prime Minister and Minister for Foreign Affairs Kamal Thapa said that the government was effortful to ease problems seen in the transport and supplies of essential goods on Nepal-India border.

Taking time at the commencement of the meeting of Legislature-Parliament on Saturday, the Deputy Prime Minister said that the government had been making continuous efforts to find a way out to the problems.

He said that his recent India visit was for normalising the unease surfaced on Nepal-India check points.

During his visit to the southern neighbour, he had met with the India's Prime Minister, Minister for Foreign Affairs, Home Minister and top political leaders.

During his meetings with the Indian leaders, DPM Thapa was assured of rerouting vehicles carrying petroleum products and essential goods stuck in Raxual point and supplying sufficient fuel to the country by the Indian side. The Indian side had been positive of clearing off obstructions seen in the transport and supply on border points, he said, adding, however, "The commitments from the India side were not implemented honestly."

The government has already initiated a process of initial phase for finding alternatives to the supply of petroleum products with the participation of private sector and support from other countries, according to the Deputy Prime Minister.

He further went on to say that the government had expected support and cooperation from the international community in the present context.

The government had formed a talks team under DPM Thapa's leadership to hold dialogues with the agitating political parties in Tarai with the realisation that their demands be addressed politically, he said, adding that Prime Minister KP Sharma Oli was in touch with Nepali Congress President Sushil Koirala to convince him to be a part of the talks team.

He stressed that the entire House should be united to address the discontents of the United Democratic Madhesi Front.

The Deputy Prime Minister extended gratitude to the people for the support to the government in keeping the national sovereignty intact despite odd situation during the festivals.