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Nepal denies rumours of expelling Indian envoy

Rumours were on in circulation in Kathmandu from Sunday

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Publish Date: May 9 2016 1:49PM | Updated Date: May 9 2016 1:49PM

Nepal denies rumours of expelling Indian envoy

 Nepal has rejected rumours of plans to expel Indian Ambassador Ranjit Rae after cancellation of President Bidhya Devi Bhandrai's visit to New Delhi and the recall of its envoy from New Delhi.

 
Rumours were on in circulation in Kathmandu from Sunday that the government was preparing to declare Rae, who was said to have breached several diplomatic norms - - persona non-grata (PNG), meaning his diplomatic immunity would be withdrawn.
 
Rumours gained ground after Prime Minister K.P.Sharma Oli cancelled Bhandarai's visit and recalled Nepal's Ambassador to India Deep Kumar Uphadhya apparently in retaliation of India's supposed hand in toppling his government.
 
After some media reports suggested that a closed door meeting at Oli's residence discussed possibility of declaring Rae PNG, this created turmoil in New Delhi and Kathmandu leading Deputy Prime Minister and Foreign Minister Kamal Thapa to issue a statement saying: "Some media speculation regarding Nepal government mulling expulsion of Indian Ambassador Rae is baseless and is aimed at damaging Nepal-India relations."