UCPN (Maoist) Chairman Pushpa Kamal Dahal had met with Indian diplomats and Chinese officials apart from Nepali Congress President Girija Prasad Koirala, when he visited Singapore in November 16-18, 2009.
Dahal met with S.D. Muni, an Indian academic having connections with both Maoists and the government of India , retired Indian diplomat and former ambassador to Nepal K.V. Rajan, who was joined by a current “senior” Indian Foreign Ministry official and held two meetings with “Chinese Officials,” according to a secret cable dispatched by the US Embassy in Kathmandu.
The cable attributes Nepali businessman Dinesh Manandhar who accompanied the Maoist Chairman and the Maoists International Department Chief Krishna Bahadur Mahara during the visit. The Singapore-based telecommunications company Smart Telecom paid for airfare (business class), vehicle rental (BMW) and hotels for the Maoist delegation, according to Manandhar who claims himself “close to Mahara but not a member of the Maoist party.”
“Manandhar said that Prachanda was in a “very good mood” following the meetings and “celebrated” late into the night. He was particularly pleased by the discussions with the Indian officials, who hosted a dinner for Prachanda on November 17,” states the cable classified “no to foreigners.”
When asked about whether Prachanda’s son Prakash accompanied the delegation, Manandhar said he did not because Dahal did not trust him. According to Manandhar, Prakash drinks heavily and is not reliable, adds the cable.