Nepal government, who on May 6 recalled its Ambassador to India Deep Kumar Upadhyay, seems to be in no hurry to name a new envoy to New Delhi, one of the most challenging diplomatic outpost for Kathmandu.
The reasons for the delay reportedly could be finding a candidate acceptable to the major coalition partners CPN-UML, Maoists and RPP-Nepal. Nepal is also not sure if India will agree to the proposed new envoy immediately, reports the Himalayan times.
In recent past, India did not send agreemo of two proposed Nepali envoys Chandra Kanta Paudel and Ram Karki.
“If India refuses to give agreemo to the new envoy, it will boomerang on India. Therefore, a new ambassador wouldn’t be proposed just because the Indian side would give an agreemo promptly,” the Himalayan Times quoted an aide of Prime Minister K.P Sharma Oli as saying.
Meanwhile, Oli’s foreign relations expert Gopal Khanal said it would be difficult to send a new envoy to India ‘overnight’ adding that Oli and Deputy Prime Minister and Foreign Minister Kamal Thapa are of the view that envoy to India should be named before long.
Former foreign and home minister Madhav Prasad Sharma and CPN-UML leader Pradeep Gyawali reportedly are being considered as possible candidates for the ambassadorial post.
However, the Oli’s aides and foreign ministry officials termed the reports speculative.
Khanal added that the government was trying to find an apolitical candidate who could remain and work as envoy in New Delhi, even if the government in Kathmandu changed.