Nepalese King Mahendra and Queen Ratnarajya returned to Katmandu July 28 after an extensive 3 1/2-month world tour.
Nepalese King Mahendra and Queen Ratnarajya returned to Katmandu July 28 after an extensive 3 1/2-month world tour. Thousands of people lined the streets to cheer the King and Queen as they drove through the city in a ceremonial gilt coach. The colourful state procession was led by students, scouts, girl guides and religious sects.
Later, in a speech to a crowd of 50,000, the King referred to the recent incursions of Chinese troops into Nepalese territory along the 500-mile Sino-Nepalese frontier. He said the incident at Mustang was "extremely unfortunate" and he hoped "our neighbours will not commit such a mistake again".
Chinese troops, in a raid on Nepalese territory in the Mustang area June 28, killed a Nepalese Army officer and took 17 prisoners - one sergeant and 16 civilians. Two village officials and 17 horses were also taken away.
Following an immediate protest to the Peking Government, Nepalese Premier Koirala accepted a letter of apology July 4 from Chinese Prime Minister Chou En-lai.