Sushma Swaraj and Kamal Thapa
Working for reconciliation in Nepal, External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj meets deputy Prime Minister of Nepal Kamal Thapa in New Delhi.Twitter/VikasSwarup

In a high-level meeting on Sunday, the Indian Foreign Minister asked her Nepalese counterpart to "credibly" address challenges.

Swaraj further added that India was looking forward to the new Nepalese government's actions to counter the challenges it is facing, particularly in the Terai region as soon as possible.

In the two-hour-long meeting, Nepal's deputy PM Kamal Thapa, who is also the country's Foreign Minister, briefed Sushma Swaraj about the current political situation in his country. He also expressed hope of finding a solution to the agitation in Nepal soon.

Thapa also expressed concern over the obstruction of supplies, especially of Petroleum Oil Lubricants from the Indian side. "Reduced or closure was due to the obstruction on Nepal side by the disaffected section of the Nepalese population," Sushma Swaraj said in response to concerns raised by Kamal Thapa, officials told Press Trust of India.

The Nepalese Foreign Minister is said to have requested Sushma Swaraj to supply goods from other entry-points to Nepal. As a response to the request, Swaraj said it could be only done under the "existing border infrastructure capacity constraints", PTI reported. Swaraj also told Thapa that whenever the disruptions or protests have eased, India will try to send supplies across the border.

Rauxal and Birganj are among the worst-hit entry points to Nepal.

Swaraj informed Thapa that Indian truck drivers have expressed fears about their safety. It is believed the Nepalese Foreign Minister told his Indian counterpart that efforts were being made by the newly-formed KP Oli government to settle outstanding differences through dialogue and ensuring "broad-based ownership" of the Nepalese constitution.

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