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Nepal's foreign minister says Indian leaders assured him of increased fuel supplies

  • A Nepalese woman sits on a an empty cooking gas cylinder as she waits for a new one at a depot in Kathmandu, Nepal, Monday, Oct. 19, 2015. Ethnic minority groups, mainly the Madhesi in the south and southeast and Tharu in the southwest, have been protesting since Nepalese lawmakers began to finalize the much-delayed constitution, which was approved by the country's Parliament on Sept. 20 despite the protests. The Madhesi groups blocked several border points, and India, which supports the groups, blocked the flow of trucks bringing in fuel and other supplies to Nepal. That created a severe fuel shortage and threatens to disrupt Hindu festivals to be held this month. (AP Photo/Niranjan Shrestha)

    A Nepalese woman sits on a an empty cooking gas cylinder as she waits for a new one at a depot in Kathmandu, Nepal, Monday, Oct. 19, 2015. Ethnic minority groups, mainly the Madhesi in the south and southeast and Tharu in the southwest, have been protesting since Nepalese lawmakers began to finalize the much-delayed constitution, which was approved by the country's Parliament on Sept. 20 despite the protests. The Madhesi groups blocked several border points, and India, which supports the groups, blocked the flow of trucks bringing in fuel and other supplies to Nepal. That created a severe fuel shortage and threatens to disrupt Hindu festivals to be held this month. (AP Photo/Niranjan Shrestha)  (The Associated Press)

  • A Nepalese man reads a newspaper in Kathmandu, Nepal, Monday, Oct. 19, 2015. Nepal's Deputy Prime Minister and Foreign Minister Kamal Thapa visited India for talks to resolve the India-Nepal border impasse which has left the Himalayan nation hobbled by a shortage of fuel and goods as the ethnic Madhesis protest against the new constitution of Nepal. (AP Photo/Niranjan Shrestha)

    A Nepalese man reads a newspaper in Kathmandu, Nepal, Monday, Oct. 19, 2015. Nepal's Deputy Prime Minister and Foreign Minister Kamal Thapa visited India for talks to resolve the India-Nepal border impasse which has left the Himalayan nation hobbled by a shortage of fuel and goods as the ethnic Madhesis protest against the new constitution of Nepal. (AP Photo/Niranjan Shrestha)  (The Associated Press)

  • Nepalese people sit near empty cooking gas cylinders as they wait for fresh supply in Kathmandu, Nepal, Monday, Oct. 19, 2015. Ethnic minority groups, mainly the Madhesi in the south and southeast and Tharu in the southwest, have been protesting since Nepalese lawmakers began to finalize the much-delayed constitution, which was approved by the country's Parliament on Sept. 20 despite the protests. The Madhesi groups blocked several border points, and India, which supports the groups, blocked the flow of trucks bringing in fuel and other supplies to Nepal. That created a severe fuel shortage and threatens to disrupt Hindu festivals to be held this month. (AP Photo/Niranjan Shrestha)

    Nepalese people sit near empty cooking gas cylinders as they wait for fresh supply in Kathmandu, Nepal, Monday, Oct. 19, 2015. Ethnic minority groups, mainly the Madhesi in the south and southeast and Tharu in the southwest, have been protesting since Nepalese lawmakers began to finalize the much-delayed constitution, which was approved by the country's Parliament on Sept. 20 despite the protests. The Madhesi groups blocked several border points, and India, which supports the groups, blocked the flow of trucks bringing in fuel and other supplies to Nepal. That created a severe fuel shortage and threatens to disrupt Hindu festivals to be held this month. (AP Photo/Niranjan Shrestha)  (The Associated Press)

The deputy prime minister of fuel-starved Nepal says Indian officials have assured him of increased supplies.

Kamal Thapa returned home Monday after meeting in India with Prime Minister Narendra Modi and External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj.

Ethnic Madhesi protesters in southern Nepal have been protesting against the makeup of states created by the country's new constitution by blocking a key border crossing with India, which supplies nearly all of Nepal's fuel.

Thapa said the Indian leaders promised that fuel trucks lined up at the crossing would be rerouted and more fuel would be supplied through other border points to ease the shortage in Nepal.

India, which has close cultural ties with ethnic Madhesi, has expressed unhappiness over the constitution.