‘India & Nepal need to improve relations’

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Indian ambassador to Nepal Ranjit Rae today expressed hope that the political deadlock in the country would soon end as talks progress between the agitating Madhesi groups and the government.

Speaking at a programme on Nepal-India relations, Rae said India is ready to assist Nepal in its development process amid the ongoing political crisis.

He stressed on the need to end the impasse in Nepal by addressing the demands of the Madhesi community and help strengthen Nepal-India relations, at a time when ties have been fraught.

“The relations between Nepal and India are based on people-to-people ties and nothing can spoil that,” he said at the event organised by the Nepal-India Friendship Society.

The Madhesis, Indian-origin inhabitants of Nepal’s Terai region, are protesting against division of their ancestral homeland into seven provinces under the new Constitution.

Violence has returned to the landlocked Himalayan nation reeling under acute shortage of essential goods like fuel and LPG due to a two month-long blockade of key border trade points with India called by the Madhesis.

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