Bhutan requests GoN to smoothly facilitate resettlement

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In a surprising tone, Prime Minister Tshering Tobgay disclosed a fact that he wanted the Government of Nepal to “facilitate smooth progress resettlement” of exiled Bhutanese in the west. He revealed it after he returned to the country from India last week.

PM Tobay and Nepalese PM Koirala talk greet former Indian president Prathibha Patil in New Delhi (Picture courtesy: BBC)
PM Tobay and Nepalese PM Koirala talk greet former Indian president Prathibha Patil in New Delhi
(Picture courtesy: BBC/AFP)

During his recent visit to India, the Prime Minister, who has been standing firm against repatriation of Bhutanese in exile even from the time before his party came in the power, requested his Nepalese counterpart, Sushil Koirala, to facilitate resettlement of remaining refugees smoothly.

PM Tobgay said, “The resettlement program is going on very well, the people in the camps wanted to be resettled and the host countries were extremely helpful in bringing a closure to this longstanding issue.”

Though Tobgay reportedly assured Nepal of discussing the issue with his cabinet, he failed to affirm commitment of his government to accept refugees back home.

The prime ministers met on May 29 in New Delhi, where both attended swearing-in ceremony of Indian PM Narendra Modi.

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