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Asian Tribune is published by E-LANKA MEDIA(PVT)Ltd. Vol. 20 No. 82

Indian Foreign Secretary talks to King Gyanendra on early

[b]Indian Foreign Secretary talks to King Gyanendra on early restoration of multi-party democracy in Nepal[/b]

By M Rama Rao in New Delhi

[b] New Delhi, 14 December ([/b]Indian foreign secretary Shyam Saran, on a short visit to Kathmandu, met King Gyanendra and discussed bilateral relations as also internal situation in the Himalayan Kingdom. Saran who did not accompany Prime Minister to Kaula Lumpur for the summit with ASEAN leaders, to make the trip to Nepal,let the King at the Narayan Hiti Royal Palace for close to two hours.

Saran also discussed the current political situation including the Maoist problem with Nepali Congress President Girija Prasad Koirala, and Madhav Kumar Nepal, General Secretary, Nepal Communist Party-United Marxist and Leninist (CPN-UML).

I am happy to be back in Kathmandu after a gap of a year and a half. My visit is a follow up to the cordial and friendly meeting between His Majesty the King of Nepal and our Prime Minister recently in Dhaka during the SAARC Summit. Both leaders had agreed that given the long-standing as well as wide-ranging relations that exist between our two friendly neighboring countries, it was important for us to remain in touch regularly, at different levels, in order to consolidate and expand our relations.

Shyam Saran also held discussions with two Vice-Chairmen of the Council of Ministers, the Foreign Minister and the Home Minister as also the Acting Foreign Secretary of Nepal.

At all his interactions, the Indian Foreign Secretary had only one message: "Restoration of peace and stability and economic recovery in Nepal is not only in its interest but also in India's interest"

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