Prime Minister Deuba under pressure over Doklam standoff

Nepal Foreign Affairs (KATHMANDU, 7 August) – Prime Minister Sher  Bahadur Deuba has been under pressure to take sides on Doklam standoff.

According to the sources, both India and China have reached out to the Nepal government for making position clear on the standoff that has been adding tension in the region.

The upcoming visit of Prime Minister Deuba to Delhi  is likely to highlight Nepal’s position on bilateral issues between India and China.

Asked about pressure on Nepal, a senior diplomatic source on Sunday said the “report of China’s outreach to Nepal to discuss important regional issues is true.” The Hindu reports.

 The apparent pressure on Kathmandu has added to the atmospherics around the planning of Mr. Deuba’s New Delhi visit.

The Nepali Prime Minister’s visit will be preceded by a visit of External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj who will visit Kathmandu to participate in the 15th meeting of foreign ministers of the BIMSTEC (Bay of Bengal Initiative for Multi-Sectoral Technical and Economic Cooperation) on August 10. India has announced that the visit will have a bilateral component.

“Apart from multilateral meetings, the External Affairs Minister will hold bilateral meetings with other leaders,” External Affairs Ministry spokesperson Gopal Baglay said at his weekly briefing last Friday. However, between the bilateral visits of India and Nepal, Kathmandu will on August 14 host Chinese Vice- Premier Wang Yang.

Though diplomatic sources in Nepal indicated that the visit was routine, Mr. Wang has emerged as a South Asia expert in Beijing and had undertaken multiple trips to Nepal over the past two years. “We will announce the date for Prime Minister Deuba’s visit to India immediately after the Independence Day celebrations in Delhi,” said a source from Kathmandu.


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