Constitution drafting is our internal matter: Nepal

Nepal's remarks came in response to the joint statement in which India and the UK stressed the importance of a inclusive constitutional settlement in Nepal.

Kathmandu: Nepal on Sunday made it clear that the Constitution drafting is its internal matter and the country is capable of handling its own issues, apparently telling India and other nations not to meddle in its affairs.

"Nepal respects the international community's support and goodwill for peace, stability and prosperity," a statement issued by the spokesperson of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs said.

Nepal's remarks came in response to the joint statement in which India and the UK, during Prime Minister Narendra Modi's visit to London, stressed the importance of a lasting and inclusive constitutional settlement in Nepal that will address the remaining areas of concern and promote political stability and economic growth.

"However, Nepal strongly views that the Constitution making is an internal matter of the country and Nepal is capable of handling its internal affairs on its own," the statement said.

Nepal is facing acute shortage of fuel due to the blockade amid protests by Indian-origin Madhesi people who are opposed to splitting the country into seven provinces in the new Constitution.

India has firmly denied imposing the blockade, saying truck drivers are concerned for their safety after violent protests against Nepal's new Constitution in which over 40 people were killed.

"Nepal was able to promulgate a new democratic and inclusive constitution through an elected Constituent Assembly after a rigorous democratic exercise of about eight years, " the statement reads.

"The promulgation of the new Constitution marks the conclusion of the nationally-driven peace process initiated in 2006 and also institutionalises significant democratic gains and aspirations of the people including federal and republican system."

During Modi's visit to London Nepalese protesters has staged a demonstration opposing the "undeclared blockade" imposed on their country by India.

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