Monday, December 22, 2008

Indian ambassador flouted diplomatic norms: Yadav

Minister for Foreign Affairs Upendra Yadav Monday accused the Indian ambassador of breaching the "diplomatic norms" by meeting the former king without first informing the Nepal government.
Speaking at a press meet organized in Biratnagar, Minister Yadav claimed that ambassador Rakesh Sood met former king Gyanendra by going against the "tradition" of informing the foreign minister before meeting any "political figure".
Although the "tradition" talked about by Minister Yadav is clearly a matter related to diplomatic protocol, only in few instances have the foreign envoys based in Kathmandu - and especially the Indian ambassador - been found abiding by it in the past.
Minister Yadav, however, remained silent on whether the foreign ministry will seek clarification from ambassador Sood or not over the incident.
It has been learnt that Sood met former king Gyanendra at the posh Soaltee hotel last week. He is said to have later informed about the details of the meeting to prime minister Pushpa Kamal Dahal.
What's cooking between India and former king Gyanendra? Is India staging his comeback now?

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