During a series of efforts to prevent a split in the ruling Nepal Communist Party (NCP), Nepal’s foreign minister, who visited Visitep Gyawali on Saturday, said that while some countries may be concerned about the current political situation in Nepal, Kathmandu will not allow himself to be distracted by any foreign power.
Gyawali was responding to a ToI question about China’s efforts to find Prime Minister K P Oli and his rival P D Dahal Prachanda to resolve their differences and keep the party strong.
Gyawali said that they are able to solve their problems on their own. Being a close neighbor, he says that there may be some concetrns, questions, but they have never accepted interference from the outside world. He also added saying that Nepal-China-India relations are very good. The minister declined to comment further on China’s role in resolving the NCP dispute, saying it would not be fair to talk about a third country from outside the country.
Following a meeting of the Joint Commission (JCM) with his counterpart Jaishankar, Gyawali Saturday met with Defense Minister Rajnath Singh. Despite political instability in Nepal, which led Prime Minister Oli to dissolve the House of Representatives last year, the Oli government was determined to continue the JCM meeting openly to ensure that the recent momentum of bilateral cooperation was not disrupted. Dahal, however, shortly before Gyawali arrived in India, accused Oli of operating as instructed by India in destroying the House of Representatives.
Gyawali defended Oli’s decision to dissolve Parliament, saying it was the result of a “long crisis” against the government. He added that although it would not be wise to blame anyone for it.
“It was an internal problem. I don’t think it is wise to blame anyone. In the Parliamentary system, if the Prime Minister thinks it is time now to seek a new power, it is universally accepted that a president can dissolve parliament and seek power,” Gyawali said.
By contacting reporters early in the morning, Gyawali also emphasized the need to resolve border disputes in Kalapani and Susta areas.
Gyawali said India and Nepal had made a “similar commitment” in resolving the remaining border issues soon. “Negotiation of how it is needed. The sanctity of the border is very important to make it secure. Border design is very important,” said Gyawali, while emphasizing the importance of the Sugauli treaty of 1846 in resolving the border issue.
The government of Nepal states that according to the agreement, all areas east of the Kali River (Mahakali), including the disputed Limpiyadhura (from which the Kali River originates), Kalapani and Lipulekh, belong to Nepal.
While India has emphasized that border issues will be addressed only through appropriate channels, Nepal raised the issue of Kalapani at the JCM meeting and said it was important to end strong and tense relations. Nepal also said in a statement that the meeting was discussing border issues and expressed a commitment to complete border crossings in advance for the remaining sections.