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    Nepal pushes for talks, India says need to create trust first

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    With Nepal insisting on foreign secretary-level talks to address the Kalapani border issue, even while simultaneously pushing through a constitutional amendment to validate its new map, India said on Thursday it was important to create an environment of trust and confidence for dialogue. India said it had noted that this matter was receiving “careful consideration” in Nepal, taking into account its seriousness.

    Nepal PM Oli and PM Modi (File Picture: PTI)
    (This story originally appeared in on May 29, 2020)
    NEW DELHI: With Nepal insisting on foreign secretary-level talks to address the Kalapani border issue, even while simultaneously pushing through a constitutional amendment to validate its new map, India said on Thursday it was important to create an environment of trust and confidence for dialogue.

    After the main opposition party, Nepali Congress, sought more time and the Madhesis demanded that the proposed amendment also address their concerns, the K P Oli government hasn’t been able to table the bill in parliament yet. India said it had noted that this matter was receiving “careful consideration” in Nepal, taking into account its seriousness. “India is open to engaging with all its neighbours on the basis of mutual sensitivity and mutual respect, in an environment of trust and confidence. This is a continuous process and requires constructive and positive efforts,” said MEA spokesman Anurag Srivastava, replying to a question on Nepal’s plea for talks. India believes there has been no lack of engagement between the two countries in any case.

    Foreign secretary Harsh Shringla has already met Nepal ambassador Nilambar Acharya twice. MEA joint secretary (north) Piyush Srivastava, who handles Nepal, has also met the ambassador several times and remained in regular contact with him, sources said. The Nepal media had earlier reported that the ambassador had been trying unsuccessfully to meet senior Indian officials.

    Nepal has been asking for talks on Kalapani since November last year, after India released its new map following the reorganisation of J&K. It wants to activate the foreign secretary-level mechanism between the two countries to resolve issues related to outstanding border disputes. The central working committee of Nepali Congress will now meet on Saturday to discuss the proposal for revising the map in the national emblem, according to Nepal media reports. The party, though, had supported the decision for a new map earlier.

    The MEA said it attached great importance to the deep rooted historical, cultural and friendly relations with Nepal. “Even in these challenging times of Covid-19 pandemic, India has ensured unimpeded trade and supply of essentials including medicines to Nepal, besides providing assistance in terms of medical supplies and other facilitation,” Srivastava added
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    3 Comments on this Story

    Sjbsh 46 days ago
    China said something similar to India and 30 years later India is still getting kicked in the knees
    Shiv Nayanar46 days ago
    NEPAL be friendly with INDIA CHINA will only use you as it did to Sri Lanka & Pakistan You are also seeing what's happened to Hong Kong
    Devidas Telakat46 days ago
    Well done,Prime Minister!
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