Nepal recalls Ambassador to India after differences over cancellation of President's visit

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The government of Nepal has begun damage control efforts to calm political tensions at home and with India even as the main opposition Nepali Congress (NC) sharpened its attack and termed peace offerings from Prime Minister K.P. Sharma Oli as "belated".

His non-cooperation with his country's foreign ministry and a reported visit to the Terai region with Indian ambassador in Kathmandu Ranjit Rae recently were cited as reasons for the decision.

Upadhyay was also accused to be working with New Delhi for destabilising the Oli government.

Meanwhile, Deputy Prime Minister Kamal Thapa, who is also the Minister for Foreign Affairs, briefed the Parliament about the cancellation of Bhandari's India visit. "We are telling Mr. Oli's government that we do not take internal Nepali issues out of Nepal", Mr. Koirala said.

According to the Express, it is Mr Oli's belief that India contributed to the move to unseat him.

Earlier in the day, government sources in New Delhi said, "We have learnt that Nepali President Bidyadevi Bhandari's official visit to India has been postponed by the Nepali side".

The President's personal secretary, Bhesh Raj Adhikari, said that she would not visit India on the scheduled date.

Nepal prime minister KP Oli is grappling with a domestic political crisis and it is easy to make India the scapegoat. Mr. Upadhyay is a seasoned politician of Nepali Congress and should have been treated with due courtesies. While India denies that it was responsible for the blockade which threatened to cripple Nepal's economy, the fact is that the recent strain in India-Nepal relations has coincided with China surpassing India in the list of top aid donors to Nepal, Times of India in a report said on Monday.

The differences between the prime minister and the ambassador over the cancellation of the president's visit led the Cabinet to recall Uphadhya. I'll wait to see what decision the government takes but I'm still the ambassador of Nepal to India, " he said.

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