Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi and his Nepal counterpart K.P Oli had their first conversation after the Nepal map controversy erupted. Indian government sources described this conversation to be a courtesy call from Nepal government wishing us Independence day. Tagging along a conversation regarding Covid-19 was discussed during the conversation of about 10 minutes.
The border issue was not brought up in the conversation. K.P Oli congratulated India for its election as a non-permanent member of UN security council.
“The leaders expressed mutual solidarity in the context of the efforts being made to minimize the impact of the Covid-19 pandemic in both countries. Prime minister offered India’s continued support to Nepal in this regard. Prime Minister of India thanked the Prime Minister of Nepal for his telephone call and recalled the civilization and cultural links that India and Nepal share,” said the government of India.
The last time the Ministers spoke were on April 10th discussing about the bilateral matters in the future and that Nepal was looking forward to meaningful bilateral cooperation with India.
India has been keen with forwarding the bilateral cooperation with Nepal in several other areas despite Nepal’s move in issuing a new map as they claimed parts of Uttarakhand to be in its own.
V M Kwatra will meet the Nepal foreign secretary S D Bairagi on Monday to review progress in the developmental as well as the economic projects keeping in pace with the 2016 oversight mechanism.
Since India has issued its new political map in November 2019, Nepal has asked for a formal dialogue on the Kalapani border dispute. India has still been reluctant to give in on the Border issue with Nepal.
Written by Ompriya Sahoo
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