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Stability in Nepal is in our interest: India

IANS | New Delhi |

India on Thursday said peace and stability in Nepal is in its interest and the leaders of Nepal should solve the constitutional issues through dialogue, an official said.

"Peace and stability in Nepal is of paramount interest to us. To the question on political developments in Nepal, it has been our consistent view that the political leaders in Nepal should address the constitutional issues through dialogue and consultations with participation of every section of its society," External Affairs Ministry Spokesperson Gopal Baglay said during the weekly media briefing.

"India will continue to support efforts for peace, progress and stability in Nepal," he added.

The Madhesi Morcha, an alliance of seven political parties, with 39 votes in Parliament, on Tuesday night withdrew its support extended to the Pushpa Kamal Dahal 'Prachanda'-led government on expiry of its seven-day ultimatum.

Ahead of the installation of the Prachanda-led government in August 2016, the Morcha agreed to support the government on conditions including amendment in the Constitution to make it Madhes-friendly and compensation to the victims of the Madhes uprising.

Deputy Prime Minister and Minister for Home Affairs of Nepal, Bimalendra Nidhi, who is on a visit to India to participate in the 3rd edition of the Counter Terrorism Conference (CTC), met External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj on Thursday and held discussion on bilateral matters of mutual interest, including high-level exchanges between the two countries, said a release from the Ministry of External Affairs.

During the meeting, Swaraj expressed condolences on the death of a Nepali national on the India-Nepal border. "She conveyed that the inquiry into the incident will be expedited by the Indian side," the release added.

Govinda Gautam, 20, of Punarbas Municipality-8 in Kanchanpur district of Nepal, died last Thursday after he was injured when an SSB Inspector from Sampurnanagar station allegedly opened fire.