The Foreign Minister Pradeep Kumar Gyawali briefed in the NCP meeting that the Nepal-India border issue that since Nov, we have been suggesting to communicate with India and the Modi government is overlooking Nepal’s request to resolve the issues. Further stated that the border matter amid Nepal and India would be settled via talks, Gyawali added.
Two Standing Committee members told Kathmandu Post that a few NCP leaders reprimanded the Oli government for not taking sufficient measures to hold discussions with India. It failed in developing correspondence lines with New Delhi and guaranteeing its territory on the national and international stage.
Since when India published a new political map in Nov that included Kalapani within its domain, Nepal has been stressing for talks, sending three diplomatic notes. India didn’t reply. In May, after India opened a road linking Lipulekh, Nepal again requested for talks, and India responded by saying its open to talks but after the coronavirus pandemic is over. Nepal eventually revised its map for its new National Emblem.
Gyawali stated we had offered talks since November, however, India dismissed them, saying that they are busy with the Covid-19 and once the two countries will overcome the virus, and official talks can be resumed.
As per Gyawali’s announcement on Friday, the administration is in correspondence with New Delhi via different ways, and we have continuously received a message that talks are possible after the Covid-19 crisis is over.
Raghuji Pant the Standing Committee member, a few NCP leaders asked the legislature to end the dispute with India and settle the matter for once. We encourage the government to take appropriate steps to resolve the border issue permanently. We have to reestablish relations with India, he urged.