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Nepal's PM to visit India, ask for help against Maoists

Nepal’s Prime Minister Surya Bahadur Thapa will visit India next week to seek further military assistance to combat a Maoist insurgency, officials and sources have said. He will also visit Sri Lanka and Bhutan in his capacity as the outgoing chairman of the South Asian Association for Regional Cooperation (SAARC), officials said Wednesday. After arriving in India on Sunday, Thapa will meet his Indian counterpart Atal Behari Vajpayee, President A.P.J. Abdul Kalam and other leaders, the foreign ministry said. “Prime Minister Thapa will be seeking India’s cooperation in controlling the Maoists crossing over to Nepal from India as well as transportation of arms and ammunition,” a foreign ministry source said. “Nepal is seeking more military assistance for combating the Maoist rebels,” the source added. Full Story

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