Kathmandu, Nepal: It’s now official that Prime Minister Sher Bahadur Deuba is going to fly to India on a five-day official visit to India on August 23. As this is Deuba’s first foreign trip after being elected as the Prime Minister about two months ago, there are widespread concerns over the scheduled visit.
Though PM Deuba’s state visit to India was already come in light, the Ministry of Foreign Affairs (MoFA) has formally announced the visit amid a press conference on Monday. While, so, foreign minister Mahara also tried to brushing aside the speculations surrounded over the PM Deuba’s scheduled visit to India.
According to Foreign Minister Mahara, the agenda to be discussed with India during PM Deuba’s visit are still under discussions. The government wants to get some tangible achievements from the visit, minister Mahara said during the conference.
However, he did not elaborate about the basis that the government would achieve tangible achievements from the recent state visit of PM Deuba. As Nepal is planning to push for the implementation of the previous pacts rather than reaching new agreements, it is said that the visit of PM Deuba will remain nothing than formal visit.
It is said that PM Deuba will have bilateral talks with his Indian counterpart Narendra Modi and top leaders from ruling and opposition parties on August 24. Likewise, he is scheduled to address the intellectual and business community in New Delhi on August 25. Likewise, he is also scheduled to visit Bodh Gaya in Bihar and the Tirupati Balaji Temple in Andhra Pradesh during his five day stay in India.
As Prime Minister Deuba is going to visit southern neighbor India in the mean time when the southern neighbor India and the northern neighbor China have engaged in military standoff in Doklam, the bordering point between India, China, Bhuta and Nepal, there is widespread concerns that how Nepal will deal the issue during the visit.
Responding to the concerns raised by the media persons over the issue, foreign minister Mahara said that Nepal will not include any agendas related to the military standoff in Doklam. As Nepal wants a peaceful resolution of the military standoff between India and China and Nepal never wants to be dragged into the boundary dispute between India and China, Nepal will not take any position over the issue, minister Mahara said.
Though, foreign minister Mahara claimed so, Nepal has felt pressure from the neighboring countries to take its position over the Doklam issue. There is a speculation that Indian and Chinese diplomats have regularly been exerting pressure to the Nepali authorities to make Nepal’s position over the issue. However, Mahara does not agree so but used to claim so that no side had exerted pressure on Nepal on the Doklam standoff and others.
As Nepal does not want to see any incident of confrontation and conflict between our neighboring countries, we have no any pressure from our on the Doklam standoff, Mahara claimed. Nepal will not get influenced either by India or China and get dragged into their border dispute, Mahara reiterated while responding the queries of the media persons.
Despite the clarifications from the foreign minister Mahara, the growing flows of diplomatic visit from neighboring countries before Prime Minster Deba’s scheduled visit to India is taken cautiously from different sectors.
Chinese vice Premier Wang Yang is arriving in Nepal on a three-day official visit on August 14. Wang is arriving in Nepal just a few days after the visit of foreign ministers from India, Sri Lanka, Bangladesh, Bhutan, Thailand and Myanmar.
The foreign ministers from the BIMSTEC member countries including Indian are arriving here just to participate in the BIMSTEC meeting, which is scheduled to commence from coming Friday.
It is said that Indian Foreign Minister Susma Swaraj is scheduled to hold high-level meetings with Nepali authorities including Prime Minster Deuba and President Bidya Devi Bhandari.
As the Chinese vice Premier Wang’s visit is scheduled just few days after the visit of Indian Foreign Minister Swaraj in the pretext of strengthening bilateral relations and developing cooperation between the two countries, there is a speculation that both the high ranking government authorities from the neighboring countries will try to Influence PM Deuba over Doklam issue.
Chinese vice president Wang is also scheduled to visit Prime Ministr Deuba, President Bhandari, main opposition party CPN-UML Chairman KP Sharma Oli, CPN Maoist Center Chairman Pushpa Kamal Dahal during his three days long stay in Kathmandu.
Though none of the sides have announced formally, there is also a speculations that Indian foreign secretary S Jaishankar is also arriving in Nepal just after the visit of Chinese vice primer Wang.