Within 36 hours of Nepal approving its Constitution after seven years of struggle and opposition, India is sending Foreign Secretary S Jaishankar to Kathmandu on Friday in a bid to drive home the message to Nepal’s leadership that they should “show flexibility” so that outstanding issues are addressed through “dialogue and widest possible agreement”.
Jaishankar, who will be accompanied by Indian ambassador to Nepal Ranjit Rae, is expected to meet the entire spectrum of political class in Kathmandu.
Ministry of External Affairs’s official spokesperson Vikas Swarup said Jaishankar will be visiting Nepal to “take stock” as Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s special envoy.
Protests by two ethnic groups — the Tharus in southwestern Nepal and the Madhesis in the country’s south and southeast — have claimed several lives over the past one month.
According to sources, New Delhi is concerned over the protests and strife in several parts of Nepal and that is the reason behind Jaishankar’s trip.
During his meetings with Nepal’s leaders, sources said, Jaishankar is likely to urge flexibility on the part of all the political forces so that any outstanding issue is addressed through dialogue, in an atmosphere free from violence.
“This is going to be India’s broad message to the Nepal’s leadership,” an official said.