HIMALAYAN NEWS SERVICE
KATHMANDU: Foreign Secretary Durga Prasad Bhattarai on Friday summoned Indian Ambassador Jayant Prasad at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and inquired about a statement allegedly made by Consular SD Mehta of Indian Consulate General in Birgunj on Wednesday. “The Government of Nepal’s attention has been seriously drawn to media reports. If true, it is against the long-established ties between two countries, and is provocative enough against our regional integrity and social harmony,” MoFA Spokesperson Arjun Bahadur Thapa quoted Foreign Secretary Bhattarai as telling Ambassador Prasad. “Ambassador Prasad, however, said the initial investigation from his part suggests that the media report was ‘misleading’ and assured further investigation and ‘appropriate action’ if any inappropriate behaviour was found (on the part of Mehta),” added Thapa. Envoy Prasad also handed over a statement, earlier issued by the Indian Embassy in Kathmandu, to Foreign Secretary Bhattarai, in which the mission said, “We have seen media reports attributing certain remarks to an official in the Consulate General of India, Birgunj, which are misleading and factually incorrect. Such attributions seek to detract from the friendly relations between India and Nepal.” Student unions on Friday flayed the Indian official for what they said proding Madhesi leader to take to the streets.