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Oli returns empty-handed

Kathmandu, 17 June: After a week-long tour of three European countries, Prime Minister Khagda  Oli returned home on Sunday with very little to show.

Analysts and foreign policy watchers had expected that Oli’s visit to the United Kingdom and France, two countries that have long historical and diplomatic ties with Nepal, would result in agreements or at least firm commitments, but Oli returned empty-handed, reports The kathmandu Post.

Two agreements with France–one regarding the establishment of a security printing press and the other about the launching of Nepal’s own satellite with French assistance–were believed to be on the cards but neither materialised.

In the UK, Gurkha veterans, who’ve long been protesting unequal pay and discriminatory treatment, had expected Oli to secure a deal with the British government as this issue has featured on the agenda of nearly every recent bilateral talks. But here too, Oli missed the mark, as a joint statement issued on Friday in London failed to even mention Oli raising the issue with British Prime Minister Theresa May.

People’s News Monitoring Service

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