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Door has opened for formal talks with India on border dispute: Nepal foreign affairs minister

Foreign Affairs Minister Pradeep Kumar Gyawali

Kathmandu, December 4

Foreign Affairs Minister Pradeep Kumar Gyawali says the door for formal talks with India on the border dispute has finally opened after the closure of over a year.

Gyawali is of the view that the recent Nepal visit of Indian Foreign Secretary Harsh Vardhan Shringla created an environment for formal talks.

Speaking in a meeting of the International Relations Committee in the House of Representatives on Friday morning, Gyawali said Nepal had made three achievements out of Shringla’s visit.

“First, a door has opened for the talks that were stalled since the publication of the new political map. Second, Nepal raised the border issue as a formal item on the agenda. Both countries are ready to seek a solution through talks. The third, next steps have been finalised.”

He hoped that foreign secretaries of both countries would meet soon to discuss the border dispute in detail.

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