Tribune News Service
New Delhi, January 16
Nepal Foreign Minister Pradeep Gyawali returned to Kathmandu without meeting Prime Minister Narendra Modi against the backdrop of differing readouts from the two countries about the Joint Commission meeting chaired by the Foreign Ministers on Friday.
Gyawali, however, assuaged concerns about enlarged Chinese footprints on domestic politics and reposed his faith in dialogue to resolve with India the boundary issue and revisions to the Friendship Treaty of 1950.
The Nepalese Foreign Office had said both issues were raised at the meeting, while the MEA’s readout about the Joint Commission meeting focused on developmental issues.
“We never accept interference in our domestic politics. We are able to settle our own problems,” Gyawali said when asked about a Chinese delegation landing in Kathmandu recently to sort out differences between two factions of the Nepal Communist Party.
“As a close neighbour, there may be some concerns or questions but we never accept interference,” he added, describing Nepal’s relations with both India and China as excellent.
Though Gyawali could not meet PM Modi, who was stated to be busy with the all-India launch of the Covid vaccine, he called on Defence Minister Rajnath Singh.
There was no firm commitment on the supply of vaccines despite hopes in Kathmandu when he began his three-day visit to India. The Foreign Minister said affordability, availability and promptness in supply as well as compatible infrastructure to store the vaccines in Nepal would determine their procurement.
On the boundary issue, he said the sanctity and security of the border was extremely important for expanding the overall developmental cooperation.