As China works to prevent split, Nepal FM says won’t allow foreign interference

By Times Of India

Amid Chinese efforts to prevent a split in the ruling Nepal Communist Party (NCP), visiting Nepal foreign minister Pradeep Gyawali Saturday said while some countries may have concerns about the current political situation in Nepal, Kathmandu won’t accept interference by any foreign power in Nepal’s domestic politics.

Gyawali’s remark was in response to a ToI query on China’s overt attempts to get PM K P Oli and his rival P K Dahal Prachanda to patch up their differences and keep the party intact.

“We are able to settle our problems ourselves. Being close neighbour, there may be some concerns, questions, but we never accept interference from external side,” said Gyawali, adding that Nepal’s relations with both China and India are excellent. The minister refused to further talk about China’s role in resolving the NCP dispute saying that it wouldn’t be proper for him to talk about a third country from foreign soil.

After the Joint Commission Meeting (JCM) with his counterpart S Jaishankar, Gyawali Saturday also met defence minister Rajnath Singh.

Despite the political instability in Nepal, that saw PM Oli dissolving last year the House of Representatives and splitting the party into two, the Oli government was keen to go ahead with the JCP meeting apparently to ensure the recent momentum in bilateral cooperation wasn’t disturbed. Dahal though, just before Gyawali landed in India, accused Oli of acting at the behest of India in dissolving the House of Representatives.

Gyawali defended Oli’s decision to dissolve Parliament saying that it was the result of a “long problem” the government was faced with. He added though it wouldn’t be wise to blame anybody for it.

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