On New Year eve, Nepal, India PMs wish for improved relationships

KATHMANDU: Prime Minister KP Sharma Oli on Thursday morning held a conversation with his Indian counterpart Narendra Modi to exchange new year greetings.

According to Oli's press advisor, Pramod Dahal,  the two leaders during a conversation talked about improving bilateral relationships, which have turned sour after promulgation of the Constitution in Nepal.

"Prime Minister Oli said he wanted to make the Nepal-India ties more harmonious," Dahal said in the statement, "He drew the attention of the Indian Prime Minister toward irregular supply of goods via the Birgunj-Raxaul route and requested him to ease the system."

In response, Modi reiterated that he was always for smooth inter-country supply of goods and India did not have any role in the obstruction.

Modi claimed that all transit points except Birgunj-Raxaul were operating and the point was obstructed by political parties of Nepal itself.

Meanwhile, Modi re-extended his invitation to PM Oli for an India visit while Oli accepted it, according to Dahal.

"Prime Minister Oli said he would visit India soon after easing the situation here."

Oli had thanked the southern neighbour for its welcome to the Constitution Amendment Bill, currently being discussed by the House.

The duo had talked for around 20 minutes.