Nepal has shown interest in developing a mutually
relationship with Bhutan, but substantial problems have
Through its own treaty with India, signed in 1949, Bhutan
generally followed New Delhi's guidance in foreign policy
Bhutan had serious reservations over joining in regional
international organizational politics bearing Nepal's
and had ignored the concept of a Himalayan federation.
potential source of dissension in Nepalese-Bhutanese
the presence of a large Nepalese community in southern
the early 1990s, the large Nepalese population emerged as
potentially divisive issue between the two countries. In
these difficulties, Kathmandu maintained nonresident
relations with Thimpu
(see Foreign Relations
, ch. 6).
Data as of September 1991