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Nepal PM Oli: Visit will consolidate ties with India

Responding to parliamentary debate on his visit and agenda, Oli said the committee will be constituted before he sets out, and it will give its recommendations within the next three months.

Written by Yubaraj Ghimire | Kathmandu | Published: February 17, 2016 1:00 am
Nepal's Prime Minister Khadga Prasad Sharma Oli, also known as KP Oli, observes a minute of silence for earthquake victims during an event organised to mark the 18th National Earthquake Safety Day and the official launch of earthquake reconstruction efforts in Bungamati village, Nepal January 16, 2016. REUTERS/Navesh Chitrakar Nepal’s Prime Minister Khadga Prasad Sharma Oli. (Source: Reuters)

Nepal Prime Minister K P Oli Tuesday said he would constitute a high-level political committee to recommend boundary demarcation for provinces, a contentious demand being raised by Madesi groups, before he embarks on a six-day visit to India from Friday.

Responding to parliamentary debate on his visit and agenda, Oli said the committee will be constituted before he sets out, and it will give its recommendations within the next three months. His statement gives saves the face of Madhesi groups which had called off their four month long agitation about ten days ago, fueling speculations that it was done to pave the way for Oli’s visit to India.

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Responding to suggestion that Oli must be careful about not compromising on national interest, he said, “This visit is not meant to compromise on our interest or against India, but to explore our journey towards prosperity together… I have the fortune of political consensus, sense of unity and collective determination endorsing our visit,” he said.

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