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Nepal foreign minister to visit India, talk over fuel crisis

Nepal's foreign minister accepts invitation to visit India, plans to talk about fuel shortage

Nepal foreign minister to visit India, talk over fuel crisis

KATHMANDU, Nepal (AP) -- Nepal's foreign minister plans to visit India in what could be an opportunity to improve relations and end a severe fuel shortage in the Himalayan nation.

Kamal Thapa said Thursday he was going at the invitation of Indian External Minister Sushma Swaraj to discuss and attempt to resolve all issues through diplomatic means including the oil shortage in Nepal. His three-day trip begins on Saturday.

Nepal has been severely short of fuel since last month when ethnic protesters blocked a main border point and India restricted flows of goods and oil to Nepal.

Nepal gets all its oil supply from India, which has close ties to the ethnic group behind the protests.

Thapa was named deputy prime minister on Monday after a new government took office.