India supports govt, parties' solution bids, says Rae

KATHMANDU: Indian Ambassador to Nepal Ranjit Rae said the southern neighbour supported attempts of the government and protesting parties to end the ongoing political crisis.

"The Madhes problem is political and its solution should be made through talks," Rae said with a team from the Reporters' Club on Wednesday, "We support the bids of the government, the main opposition party and the protesting parties for consensus."

"We hope that the bids will be fruitful and result-oriented."

He said India believed that the stakeholders already had a framework for solution to the crisis and the parties could solve the issue if they were serious.

"The talks are underway," he said, "We hope that it will produce results soon and Nepal will move ahead toward the path of development."

India's only interests in Nepal are stability and development, Rae maintained.

"India wants a double digit economic growth. For that, the whole region should have peace and stability."

He said the trust deficit currently surfaced in Nepal-India relationship is temporary and the ties would grow stronger again.

The envoy also expressed worry over growing anti-Indian sentiments in Nepal. "The increase in anti-Indian sentiments will no't help Nepal and such activities should be controlled," he said, "We are serious about it."