Swire inquires about new political developments

Kathmandu, July 13

British Minister of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Office today telephoned Deputy Prime Minister and Foreign Minister Kamal Thapa and sought to learn about the latest political situation in Nepal.

Swire also updated DPM Thapa on his country’s latest political development, especially after a Brexit vote on June 23, when British people chose to leave the European Union.

“Thank you @HugoSwire for calling and updating recent developments in the UK. Appreciate your concern and support for Nepal,” Thapa said in a twitter post.

According to an official, Thapa apprised Swire that the government had already been reduced to minority status after one of coalition partners  CPN-Maoist Center  withdrew its support to the government on Tuesday.

The British state minister is understood to have inquired about ways ahead for formation of a new government and implementation of the new constitution.

Meanwhile, Thapa, who also holds the federal affairs and local development portfolio, held separate meetings with senior officials of the ministry and appreciated their support during his tenure.

DPM Thapa also made it clear that he wouldn’t report to the office or take any policy-level decision as the government had already been reduced to a caretaker status.

Meanwhile, ruling CPN-Marxist-Leninist today challenged the opposition parties to show majority strength in the Parliament to prove that the government was in minority.

In a statement, CPN-ML General Secretary CP Mainali indirectly accused the CPN-Maoist Center of pushing the country into perennial instability for the petty interests of its leaders.