Govt recalls Ambassador Deep Kumar Upadhyay from India

KATHMANDU: The government has decided to recall Nepal's Ambassador to India, Deep Kumar Upadhyay, on the charge of non-cooperation and working against Nepal's interests.

Sources at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs said Ambassador Upadhyay had "confronted" with Prime Minister KP Sharma Oli regarding the cancellation of President Bidya Devi Bhandari's scheduled visit to India.

According to another source at MoFA, Upadhyay, who was a Nepali Congress leader prior to his appointment as ambassador, is accused of being involved in attempts to topple the incumbent government.

Deputy Prime Minister and Minister for Foreign Affairs Kamal Thapa today decided to withdraw Upadhyay from the New Delhi mission, the source added.

Upadhyay, who is in New Delhi, confirmed that he received signals of his recall but is yet to get a formal notice to this effect.

After he expressed his differences over the Cabinet decision to cancel the President's India visit, Prime Minister Oli had asked him to put into papers if he had any 'policy-wise differences'.

"I did my best to promote and protect our national interests," he told The Himalayan Times over telephone. "I advised what could be the best interest of the country."

Appointed by Sushil Koirala-led government, the former minister Upadhyay had taken the diplomatic assignment in New Delhi in April 2015.