Kathmandu, March 31
Nepal has expressed its concerns over the Indian government officials’ handling of the problem of Nepalis stranded in India due to the lockdown that both the countries have enforced separately to control the spread of coronavirus infection.
As the lockdown continues, hundreds of Nepalis working in India have come to the Nepal-India border areas demanding that they are allowed to enter Nepal. However, Nepali security personnel have not allowed the entry citing the border closure.
But, Nepal’s Minister for Foreign Affairs Pradeep Kumar Gyawali views that India should have been responsible to keep them safe as per the international diplomatic norms. He claims Nepal has been letting hundreds of Indian citizens stay in Nepal safely during this period.
“In the time of emergency, the concerned government should treat its citizens and foreigners equally and provide security to them. We have stated the same and done the same,” Gyawali tells Onlinekhabar in an interview, “But if we are to repatriate them, it has to be based on our mutual understanding.”
Gyawali says discussions are underway to arrange some quarantine facilities on the border to keep those stranded till the next arrangement is made. “The risk is on both sides, hence we are trying to coordinate,” he says.
Published on March 31st, Tuesday, 2020 3:14 PM
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