Nepal requests Sri Lanka to reconsider death penalty

The Prime Minister of Nepal Pushpa Kamal Dahal urged President Maithiripala Sirisena to reconsider the capital punishment handed down by Sri Lanka on a Nepali citizen, Chet Bahadur Thapa ( Lalitpur). My Republica reported.Pushpa Kamal Dahal had talks with President Sirisena in India and discussed matters relating to operating direct flights between the two countries and hosting the stalled 19th SAARC (South Asian Association for Regional Cooperation ) Summit. Emphasizing on the need of holding the Summit of the regional body as soon as possible, he said the member countries should have common views regarding this. During the meeting, Prime Minister Dahal said that though Nepal and Sri Lanka are somehow far in terms of geographical location, both countries need to play a role in the overall development of South Asia and in the maintenance of cordial relations among SAARC countries. The Prime Minister, on the occasion, also requested the President to reconsider the capital punishment handed down by Sri Lanka on a Nepali citizen, Chet Bahadur Thapa ( Lalitpur) over a case of drugs smuggling and to take effective measures to control trafficking of Nepali women to gulf countries via Sri Lanka.Stating that Sri Lanka shares friendly relations with Nepal, the Sri Lankan President underscored the need of making collective efforts to organised the SAARC Summit. He said Sri Lanka was positive towards the concerns put forth by Nepal. (Colombo Gazette)

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