Cancellation of President's India visit, recall of Nepal's Ambassador unrelated: Govt

KATHMANDU: Deputy Prime Minister Kamal Thapa, who is also the Minister for Foreign Affairs, said the cancellation of Nepal's President Bidya Devi Bhandari's  scheduled India visit and recall of Ambassador to India, Deep Kumar Upadhyay, were not related to each other.

"Upadhyaya was informed of two decisions at once," he said, "Thus, it is not true that he was recalled due to his response in the decision about cancellation of the visit."

There are different ground realities behind both incidents, he clarified.

Thapa categorically pointed out four main reasons - recent political developments in the nation, President Bhandari's scheduled engagement in the nation to present the government policy and programme at the House, lack of preparations and a natural disaster in Ujjain of India - behind cancellation of the visit.

"The government has informed India to postpone the visit for now," he said, "We have informed that the President will pay a visit at an appropriate time to be fixed diplomatically."

Likewise, Thapa informed the government had decided to recall Nepali Ambassador to India Upadhyay from New Delhi to strengthen ties with the southern neighbour.

He was of the view that the decision was taken notwithstanding his political background.

"The recall was made in a bid to strengthen the existing relations between the two nations," Thapa said, urging all not to exaggerate the issue.

Thapa was of the view that the recall was also made to prepare an environment favourable to carry out diplomatic relations as the government planned.

He, however, abstained from explaining what Upadhyay actually failed to do to strengthen the ties.

Earlier, another Deputy Prime Minister Bhim Rawal had claimed that Upadhyay was recalled after he was found working against national interests.

Earlier, speaking at the Parliament meeting today, various lawmakers had slammed the government's move to recall Upadhyaya and sought clarifications.