KATHMANDU: An all-party meeting called by Nepali Congress (NC) on Wednesday reiterated that the government must forge consensus while taking decision on the issues of national interest and the peace process.

"We discussed among the 17 parties yesterday's agreement, concluding that issues of national interest cannot be decided unilaterally," said Ishwor Pokharel, general secretary, CPN-UML, emerging from a meeting in NC headquarters, Sanepa.

The NC called the meeting, excluding the Unified CPN-Maoist, to set a common strategy to deal with development after the Maoist-led government sought Chief of Army Staff (CoAS) Rookmangud Katawal's clarification on Monday with the intention of sacking him, said NC spokesperson Arjun Narsingh KC.

"We agreed that any action against the CoAS, on the basis of his clarification, must be stopped," said NC central member Dr Ram Sharan Mahat.

A meeting of 16 parties held yesterday had warned the government to stop further action against the CoAS.