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KATHMANDU, Oct 19: The Indian government has indicated that it is not going to

regularize supply of petroleum products and other essential goods through the bo
rder at Birgunj, which is the major transit point for Kathmandu and the entire
central region.
Talking to media at Tribhuvan International Airport on Monday after returning fr
om his three-day India visit, Deputy Prime Minister and Foreign Minister Kamal T
hapa said that Indian leaders and officials have however assured that they will
help to reroute supplies of petroleum products and other essential goods through
other customs points if there is obstruction at any one of the border points.
Earlier, the agitating Madhes-based parties had been creating obstructions at se
veral points along the Nepal-India border as part of their protests. But lately,
they have concentrated all their protests at Birgunj border point, which has se
riously crippled normal life in the capital and the entire central region.
Thapa said the Indian side assured him that the unhindered customs points can be
utilized for the inflow of supplies at the maximum level possible and that the
Indian government would not create any kind of obstructions at those points.
They (Indian leaders and officials) also said that they would help with the regul
ar supply of petroleum products from the unhindered border points after I brief
ed them about the hardship that the general public has been facing. I take this
positively, said Thapa. He visited India with a nine-member delegation to sort ou
t the obstruction of petroleum products and other essential goods coming to Nepa
l via the India-Nepal border points.
During his visit, Deputy Prime Minister Thapa met with Indian Prime Minister Nar
endra Modi, Minister for External Affairs Sushma Swaraj, Home Minister Rajnath S
ingh, Foreign Secretary S Jaishankar and India s National Security Advisor, Ajit D
oval.
He said that the government will hold talks with its Indian counterpart in sever
al steps to ensure supplies from all the border points of the country.
He further said that the Indian side has suggested to Nepal s major political part
ies to make the new constitution acceptable to all sides in the country and to t
ake the agitating groups into confidence. This was the only way to resolve the o
ngoing crisis in Nepal.
I informed them that our prime minister has invited the agitating parties for tal
ks and that the Nepal government is shortly going to form a dialogue committee f
or talks with them, he added. Asked about the Indian leaders response on Nepal s new
constitution, Thapa said the Indian side gave no prescription as to what type o
f constitution Nepal should or shouldn t have. They just stressed on taking all sid
es into confidence, he quipped.
He said that his visit has created a favorable environment for Prime Minister KP
Sharma Oli s visit to India. The date for the prime minister s visit will be fixed s
oon after discussions between both sides, he further added. Thapa s visit to India
was his first foreign trip after assuming office as foreign minister.
KATHMANDU, Oct 19: The Indian government has indicated that it is not going to
regularize supply of petroleum products and other essential goods through the bo
rder at Birgunj, which is the major transit point for Kathmandu and the entire
central region.
Talking to media at Tribhuvan International Airport on Monday after returning fr
om his three-day India visit, Deputy Prime Minister and Foreign Minister Kamal T
hapa said that Indian leaders and officials have however assured that they will
help to reroute supplies of petroleum products and other essential goods through
other customs points if there is obstruction at any one of the border points.
Earlier, the agitating Madhes-based parties had been creating obstructions at se
veral points along the Nepal-India border as part of their protests. But lately,
they have concentrated all their protests at Birgunj border point, which has se

riously crippled normal life in the capital


Thapa said the Indian side assured him that
utilized for the inflow of supplies at the
Indian government would not create any kind

and the entire central region.


the unhindered customs points can be
maximum level possible and that the
of obstructions at those points.

They (Indian leaders and officials) also said that they would help with the regul
ar supply of petroleum products from the unhindered border points after I brief
ed them about the hardship that the general public has been facing. I take this
positively, said Thapa. He visited India with a nine-member delegation to sort ou
t the obstruction of petroleum products and other essential goods coming to Nepa
l via the India-Nepal border points.
During his visit, Deputy Prime Minister Thapa met with Indian Prime Minister Nar
endra Modi, Minister for External Affairs Sushma Swaraj, Home Minister Rajnath S
ingh, Foreign Secretary S Jaishankar and India s National Security Advisor, Ajit D
oval.
He said that the government will hold talks with its Indian counterpart in sever
al steps to ensure supplies from all the border points of the country.
He further said that the Indian side has suggested to Nepal s major political part
ies to make the new constitution acceptable to all sides in the country and to t
ake the agitating groups into confidence. This was the only way to resolve the o
ngoing crisis in Nepal.
I informed them that our prime minister has invited the agitating parties for tal
ks and that the Nepal government is shortly going to form a dialogue committee f
or talks with them, he added. Asked about the Indian leaders response on Nepal s new
constitution, Thapa said the Indian side gave no prescription as to what type o
f constitution Nepal should or shouldn t have. They just stressed on taking all sid
es into confidence, he quipped.
He said that his visit has created a favorable environment for Prime Minister KP
Sharma Oli s visit to India. The date for the prime minister s visit will be fixed s
oon after discussions between both sides, he further added. Thapa s visit to India
was his first foreign trip after assuming office as foreign minister.