Kathmandu: Nepal’s deputy prime minister Krishna Bahadur Mahara has said his country will not take any sides in the ongoing Sikkim standoff between India and China.
Nepal wants India and China to use “peaceful diplomatic means” to resolve the issue, said Mahara, who is also the foreign minister. “Nepal will not get dragged into this or that side in the border dispute,” he told reporters on Monday. “Some media reports are attempting to drag us in favour of one or the other side, but I want to make it clear that we have not taken any side in this matter,” Mahara said
He said that Prime Minister Sher Bahadur Deuba will pay an official visit to India from 23 to 27 August and necessary preparations are going on for the same. However, a detailed itinerary of the visit is yet to be finalized, Mahara said. He also told journalists that Chinese vice-premier Wang Yang will arrive in Nepal on 14 August on an official visit.
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