Kathmandu, Jan 19 (Agencies): India stressed on maintaining peace, stability and progress in Nepal and setting aside differences among all political parties to come together to resolve the problem.

With a political deadlock ending Nepal's peace process, Foreign Secretary Nirupama Rao held consultations with top leaders of major political parties in the country, including Nepali Congress president Shushil Koirala and former Prime Minister Sher Bahadur Deuba.

During her meetings with the leaders, Rao enquired about the state of the peace process following the exit of the United Nations mission and about matters relating to army integration and drafting of the constitution, Nepali Congress sources said.

Deuba told Rao that with the exit of UNMIN a special committee comprising representatives of the major political parties will take over the responsibility of taking forward the peace process and spreading the constitution within the stipulated timeframe of May end, NC leader Bimalendra Nidhi, who was also present during the meeting, said.

He said pressure is being exerted on the Maoists to expedite the integration and rehabilitation of the Maoist combatants after the UNMIN's departure.

"She (Rao) also stressed that all the political parties should come together to resolve the current political stalemate," Koirala said.

Rao is expected to meet Maoist chairman Prachanda and CPN-UML president Jhala Nath Khanal in the evening.

She is also expected to meet Deputy Prime Minister and Foreign Minister Sujata Koirala before wrapping up the three day visit on Thursday.