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Ruling NC, UML to ask Maoists to come back to talks

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The ruling parties NC and CPN-UML are preparing to call the UCPN (Maoist)-led opposition alliance once again to sit for talks in an effort to bring the front to a negotiating table to seek consensus on the disputed issues of constitution drafting.

In a joint meeting held at Prime Minister Sushil Koirala’s residence on Thursday evening, second-rung leaders of the ruling parties suggested that the initiative should resume formal converses with the opposition as soon as possible.

They warned that complexities could emerge once the Constituent Assembly starts voting on the disputed issues.

Sources near to the government said the Prime Minister is planning to call the Maoists to come back to the negotiating table assuring that there is space for bargain even as the CA has started preparation for the voting process.

The ruling parties, which have begun the process to set up questionnaires on the disputes, are in a fix after the opposition declined to take an interest in the CA process and announced fresh plans of protest.

The NC and the UML are holding an alternate meeting on Friday before making a announcement.

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2018 to be marked as high-level visit year : Minister Gyawali





KATHMANDU — Minister for Foreign Affairs Pradip Gyawali has said that the year 2018 would be made the high-level visit year to solicit assistance for economic development.

Minister Gyawali, at an interaction programme in the capital city today, said that the high-level visit would be helpful to collect assistance for Nepal’s development and prosperity.

“Homework to invite Indian PM Narendra Modi and Chinese President Xi Jinping would begin very soon. Chinese President Xi Jinping was invited in 2016 but his visit could not happen due to change in government. This time, high-level visits from the USA, the UK, Japan and other countries would be arranged,” Minister Gyawali said.

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He also added that the visit from Prime Minister of Pakistan held last month increased goodwill and was concentrated on holding the stalled SAARC Summit.

On the occasion, the Foreign Affairs Minister said that truce in Syria should be held as the children are falling victims to the war.

He also pledged to work to increase Nepal’s access to UN adding that our approach is not established in comparison to Nepal’s contribution to peace keeping mission. Minister Gyawali reiterated his commitment to not allow Nepal’s soil to be used against any nation.

The Foreign Affairs Minister said that Nepal’s relations with China and India would be based on our necessity instead of an alternative to one another.

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