PM calls it ‘undeclared blockade’- My Republica

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KATHMANDU, Oct 16: Prime Minister KP Sharma Oli has termed the hindrance of supply of fuel and other essential goods from India an "undeclared blockade".

The prime minister while addressing the parliament meeting on Thursday said and that the government has become serious toward the situation of supply hindrance during the festive season.

"The inconvenient situation seen along the border with India after the promulgation of the new constitution, the undeclared blockade and hindrance in supply of fuel and other essential goods has made us serious," said the prime minister, in his first address to the parliament after his election Sunday.

"Unhindered transit facility is the fundamental right of a landlocked country and it is also ensured by various international covenents," he said. "No hindrance should be created in import and export of goods based on this facility and the bilateral trade treaty."

He urged "all concerned sides" to end the inconvenient situation and normalize the trade and transit situations. "The government has already taken political and diplomatic initiatives to resolve the problems in the supply of fuel and other essential goods," he said.

DPM Thapa leaving for New Delhi

Deputy Prime Minister and Minister for Foreign Affairs Kamal Thapa is leaving for a two-day visit to India on Saturday.

Thapa said he is visiting the southern neighbor upon the invitation from Indian Minister for External Affairs Sushma Swaraj but Thapa didn't answer whether he will meet Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi during the visit. Thapa, however, rafrained from using words "blockade from India" to describe the current situation.

"We have seen some bitterness in the bilateral relations due to some inconvenience in the supply system in the recent days," Thapa said at a press conference on Thursday. "But I believe this is very temporary."

 

Published on: My Republica (Oct 16, 2015)