Updated: October 15, 2015 3:43:53 pm
Nepal’s Foreign Minister Kamal Thapa will visit India on Saturday, days after Khadga Prasad Oli took charge as Prime Minister of the country. The visit assumes significance as ties between the two neighbours have strained over the formation of a new constitution of the Himalayan nation.
On October 11, as required by the Constitution, Sushil Koirala had stepped down to make way for the new prime minister. Oli was backed by the Madhesi parties who bargained hard before deciding to go with him.
After taking charge, Oli had said that normalising relations with India was his top priority. He assigned the responsibility of holding negotiations with the southern neighbour to Thapa who is also the Deputy Prime Minister.
India’s ties with Nepal suffered a setback after protests by the Madhes-based political parties disrupted supplies of fuel and other essential commodities from the Indian side.
Amid mounting pressure on Nepal’s government over dwindling supply of goods from India, China had reopened its border with Nepal in Tibet that was closed after the road on both sides was damaged in the recent April earthquake.
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