Indian Ambassador Rae Clarifies No Blockade But Short Supply To Nepal

Indian Ambassador to Nepal, Ranjit Rae clarified that India has not imposed any blockade on freight supplies to Nepal on Wednesday (September 30, 2015) at a press conference held at the Indian Embassy in Kathmandu. However, he did accept the reduced quantity of supplies for last one week, as reported by The Himalayan Times. He also claimed the ongoing political protests in the Terai region to be responsible for the problem.

India's ambassador to Nepal, Ranjit Rae. Photo: RSS
India’s ambassador to Nepal, Ranjit Rae. Photo: RSS

Rae organised the meet to clarify India’s official position on recent political developments in Nepal in the wake of promulgation of the new constitution. “Everyone should feel ownership of the constitution,” Rae told journalists at the conference, “But, instability in any part of Nepal, especially in the region that borders with India, is a concern for India.”

The national daily went on to report that the diplomat said Nepal’s political parties should take initiatives to resolve the issue through talks, reiterating that ongoing political unrest in Terai has caused short supply of daily consumables from India to Nepal,

However, India and Nepal are also in continuous talks to ease supply of goods, he maintained.

He shared that the Indian Embassy is also discussing the issue with major political parties of Nepal to find a solution to the problem.

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