Thapa meets Swaraj, India retells Nepal to normalise political situation to ease supplies

KATHMANDU: India once again told Nepal that obstructions in supplies across the Indo-Nepal border could not be resolved without political resolution of the internal problems.

In her meeting with Nepal's Deputy Prime Minister and Minister for Foreign Affairs Kamal Thapa in New Delhi today, Indian Minister for External Affairs Sushma Swaraj said there was no any hindrance to supplies from the Indian side.

She maintained that Nepal needed to normalise the political situation of the nation at the earliest so as to ensure smooth supplies across the border.

According to MEA India spokesperson Vikas Swarup, Swaraj also reiterated the need for urgent political solution to the political problems facing Nepal currently.

EAM @SushmaSwaraj assures DPM Kamal Thapa that there is no hindrance to supplies from India. But Nepal needs to normalize situation asap.

— Vikas Swarup (@MEAIndia) December 2, 2015

EAM @SushmaSwaraj meets DPM & FM Kamal Thapa. Reiterates need for urgent pol solution to pol problems facing Nepal. — Vikas Swarup (@MEAIndia) December 2, 2015

Deputy Prime Minister Thapa, who is currently in a private trip to India, wrote on Twitter that meeting with Swaraj was fruitful.

Thapa had met spiritual guru Sri Sri Ravishankar in Banglore yesterday.

Had fruitful and cordial meeting with Indian Minister of External Affairs Ms Sushma Swaraj today in Delhi

— Kamal Thapa (@KTnepal) December 2, 2015

He is scheduled to return home today itself.

After Nepal promulgated the new Constitution on September 20, the agitating Madhesi parties resorted to obstructing the Nepal-India border points. After the existing stock dwindled and as the border blockade continues, Nepal is currently reeling under acute shortage of daily essentials including fuel and medicines.

While Nepali side accuses India of imposing an unofficial blockade, India has been claiming that protesters in Tarai are responsible for the obstruction.