ISSN (Print) - 0012-9976 | ISSN (Online) - 2349-8846

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BIHAR-Election-Eve Promises

Sooner than expected, Sri Lanka would be asked to explain its "breach of trust" vis-a-vis India. Finally, Nepal. Unlike the last time, when Nepal's foreign minister, S K Upadhyaya, was sent back from Delhi on the ground that he did not carry enough weight with his government to negotiate the Indo-Nepalese treaty, this time he was shown all the courtesies due to an honoured guest. Upadhyaya was very pleased with his meeting with the prime minister and the external affairs minister who regretted at a dinner hosted in his honour that Indo-Nepal relations had been subjected to undue strains and tensions. One would have expected that this would be followed by some goodwill gesture on India's part, like reopening the transit points closed by the previous government. This did not materialise. Instead, V P Singh; qualified his earlier stand by saying that his government's desire to improve relations should make Nepal "sensitive to our security interest". Meanwhile, some MPs demanded that Nepal must restore democracy before any talks were held for the renewal of trade and transit treaties.

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