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Asian Tribune is published by E-LANKA MEDIA(PVT)Ltd. Vol. 20 No. 81

Indian PM asks Nepal King to revive political process

[b]Indian PM asks Nepal King to revive political process [/b]

By M Rama Rao –Reporting from New Delhi

[b]New Delhi , 15 November, ([/b] India's Prime Minister Manmohan Singh held a meeting with Nepal King Gyandendra on the sidelines of Dhaka. The meeting was used as much to convey New Delhi's concern over the state of affairs in Nepal as to persuade the King not to stall the entry of Afghanistan into SAARC.

Gyandendra initially appeared a votary of Afghanistan in Saarc but soon insisted on a trade off – membership for Kabul provided Beijing gets observer status.

Diplomatic observers here aver that the Nepal stand reflected the Pakistan line and in that sense the two could have acted in concert. Pakistan has a China fixation and it appears to believe that presence of China in South Asia grouping will stymie India, which is aspiring for a place in the Security Council.

[b]SAARC Outcome[/b]

Pakistan-Nepal line finally prevailed at the 13th Saarc summit. While Afghanistan became a member, China and Japan have become observers.

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