India hails Nepal accord

New Delhi: India on Monday welcomed the agreement reached in Nepal to hold Constituent Assembly elections by April next year as an “encouraging development in the right direction” and hoped the deadline will be maintained.

Reacting soon after Nepal’s seven-party alliance reached the 23-point agreement, New Delhi said it stands ready to assist in “every possible way” the neighbouring country in its transition to a “democratic, stable, peaceful and prosperous state.”

“This is an encouraging development in the right direction,” External Affairs Ministry spokesman Navtej Sarna said. He said the exercise of people’s right to elect the Constituent Assembly in a “free, fair and fearless manner is the best way to enable the people to choose their own future.”

“We hope that all concerned will work towards maintaining the new deadline for the Constituent Assembly elections,” Mr. Sarna said.

Under the agreement, the Seven Party Alliance on Sunday agreed to declare the country a federal democratic republic by amending the interim constitution, subject to the ratification by the Constituent Assembly formed after the elections likely to held by mid April.

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