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India decided to release defense supplies, currently in the pipeline

IRNA - Islamic Republic News Agency

New Delhi, May 10, IRNA
India-Nepal-Defence Supplies
"With the lifting of emergency in Nepal on April 29, 2005 and the release of several political party leaders and activists, Government of India has decided to release some of the supplies currently in the pipeline, including vehicles," External Affairs Ministry spokesman said.

After a three-month gap,India today announced partial resumption of defence supplies to Nepal and hoped "further and early" steps would be taken towards the restoration of multiparty democracy and
constitutional monarchy in that country.

India had suspended military supplies to Nepal following King Gyanandra's decision on February one to sack the Sher Bahadur Deuba government, declare emergency, detain political leaders and impose press censorship.

"It is our expectation that in the coming days, his Majesty's Government of Nepal will take further and early steps towards the restoration of multiparty democracy and constitutional monarchy, which remain, in our view, the two pillars of political stability in Nepal and for meeting the challenges of the Maoists," he said.

New Delhi's decision was conveyed to the King in Kathmandu yesterday when Indian Ambassador Shiv Shankar Mukherjee called on him.

Mukherjee, who was called here for consultations, returned to Kathmandu on Saturday after meetings with Natwar Singh, Foreign Secretary Shyam Saran and senior officials.

::IRNA No.052 10/05/2005 16:30 --End


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