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Officials of Nepal and India reported little progress toward settling a dispute that has virtually cut off the Himalayan kingdom’s outlets to the outside world. Meeting in New Delhi, Nepal’s foreign minister, Shailendra Upadhyaya, and his Indian counterpart, P. V. Narasimha Rao, agreed to start negotiations as soon as possible to seek new arrangements on trade and transit, a spokesman for India’s Foreign Ministry said. India closed 11 of the 13 transit points between the two countries Friday after 10-year-old trade treaties with Nepal expired.


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