UK expresses concern over impact of blockages at India-Nepal border


Nepal Foreign Affairs (Kathmandu, Nov 25)–UK Minister of State at the Foreign and Commonwealth Office, Hugo Swire, called Nepal’s Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Foreign Affairs, Kamal Thapa.

British Embassy in Kathmandu said that they had a positive and constructive discussion.

During the telephone conversation Swire expressed his serious concerns about the impact of the border blockages  on the supply and distribution of humanitarian assistance in Nepal.

According the statement, the UK state minister urged the Government of Nepal to provide the leadership required for the reconstruction process. “With winter approaching, there is a risk of a second humanitarian crisis if the situation is not resolved shortly,” the minister said during the conversation.

During the conversation, Swire assured Thapa of the UK’s continued support and friendship for the people of Nepal.

“The UK is clear the political situation in Nepal is ultimately for Nepal to resolve. The UK hopes peaceful dialogue and compromise will continue, to find an agreed position that meets the needs of all Nepali citizens,” read the statement issued by the UK embassy in Nepal.