Pandey, Swaraj meet on sidelines of UNGA


Kathmandu, October 1

Minister for Foreign Affairs Mahendra Bahadur Pandey met his Indian counterpart Sushma Swaraj on the margins of the 70th UN General Assembly in New York late yesterday.

During the meeting, Minister Pandey told his counterpart that disruption of supply of goods to Nepal at the border points had badly affected daily life of Nepali people and urged immediate resumption of supplies, according to a statement issued by the Permanent Mission of Nepal to the UN in New York.

“The Indian side has to take note of the difficulties faced by a land-locked country if freight is barred from entering the Nepali side,” a source in New York told THT quoting Minister Pandey as telling his Indian counterpart.

He also assured that the Nepali side would provide necessary security to transporters inside Nepali territory.

Indian External Affairs Minister Swaraj, however, reiterated that the Indian side had not prevented Nepali cargo supplies to its border checkpoints, from where it was delayed due to the ongoing agitation on the Nepali side, sources added.

She was also expressed concern about the rumour that India wanted to restore monarchy in Nepal, which she refuted categorically, the source added.