Deuba to visit In­dia

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By fol­low­ing the tra­di­tional rou­tine, Prime Min­is­ter Sher Ba­hadur Deuba is sched­uled to visit In­dia from 23 to 27 August. This will be the first visit of Deuba to a for­eign na­tion after he be­came prime min­is­ter. There is a hid­den tra­di­tion of vis­it­ing In­dia by the Nepali prime min­is­ter after as­sum­ing of­fice. This is also un­der­stood as pre­sent­ing a letter of cre­dence to the In­dian lead­ers after be­ing elected to the post of PM.

This time, Deuba is vis­it­ing Delhi at a time when the two im­me­di­ate neigh­bours are hav­ing a stand­off at Dok­lam, con­sid­ered a Chi­nese ter­ri­tory.

On the Dok­lam dis­pute be­tween China and In­dia, after about two months of stand­off of the army of both the coun­tries at Dok­lam, on 7 August only Nepal's DPM and For­eign Min­is­ter Krishna Ba­hadur Ma­hara made clear that Nepal will main­tain a neu­tral role. He also said that the Dok­lam dis­pute should be re­solved through peace­ful talks be­tween the two coun­tries.

Lo­cal ob­servers be­lieve that this is a kind of sup­port to In­dia. If Nepal had wished to main­tain a non-aligned pos­ture, she would have asked both the coun­tries to re­spect the UN Char­ter.

Deuba is vis­it­ing In­dia at a time when In­dia is try­ing to court Nepal on the Dok­lam dis­pute. How Deuba will deal on the is­sue dur­ing his visit, it has to be seen. To re­call, the then prime min­is­ter Push­paka­mal Da­hal, dur­ing his letter of cre­dence pre­sent­ing visit, had signed an agree­ment for mak­ing sim­i­lar views on in­ter­nal is­sues. There­fore, it is likely that Deuba will be forced to take the In­dian side on the on­go­ing Dok­lam dis­pute.

Not to for­get, the main de­signer of the present coali­tion gov­ern­ment is Delhi and due to Delhi's bless­ings, both Da­hal and Deuba have been able to be­come the prime min­is­ters here.

The gov­ern­ment has al­ready made clear that dur­ing this visit, Deuba is go­ing to give pri­or­ity on im­ple­men­ta­tion of past agree­ments rather than sign­ing new agree­ments.

Delhi for re­la­tions im­prove­ment with UML:

On the eve of the visit of Sushma Swaraj, In­dian Ex­ter­nal Af­fairs Min­is­ter, In­dian am­bas­sador Man­jit Singh called on UML chair­man KP Sharma Oli at the lat­ter's res­i­dence Balkot, Bhak­ta­pur on 2 August.

Ac­cord­ing to news­pa­per re­ports, Singh told Oli that the new phase of re­la­tions should have been de­vel­oped be­tween the two coun­tries by for­get­ting the past bit­ter re­la­tions.

In re­sponse, Oli said that his party UML has al­ways tried to make re­la­tions bet­ter with In­dia but there are some In­di­ans who are not sure that Nepal is a sovereign and in­de­pen­dent na­tion. Oli said that In­dia should treat Nepal as a sovereign na­tion to give a new height to the Nepal-In­dia re­la­tions.

Puri re­quested to Oli to at­tend the re­cep­tion to be hosted by the In­dian Em­bassy on the oc­ca­sion of the In­dian in­de­pen­dence day on 11 August. Oli has ac­cepted to at­tend the re­cep­tion. Dur­ing the meet­ing, Oli had pro­posed to host a din­ner in hon­our of the In­dian Min­is­ter Swaraj but as Swaraj is just spend­ing two hours in Kathmandu, it can­not be pos­si­ble, stated the UML close Dr­ishti ver­nac­u­lar weekly.

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