EPG report is joint property of Nepal and India, says new ambassador Acharya

Nepal’s Ambassador to India, Nilamber Acharya

Kathmandu, February 7

Nepal’s newly appointed ambassador to India, Nilamber Acharya, says the report prepared by the Eminent Persons’ Group on Nepal-India Relations has already become a joint property of the two countries.

Acharya’s statement comes at a time when media reports have been saying that India is reluctant to receive the report as it believes the report favours Nepal more than India.

Few days before flying to New Delhi to take up the assignment, Acharya told Onlinekhabar in an interview that India should not object to the report as it was prepared in agreement of eight personalities, four from each side.

A hopeful Acharya said both the governments would receive the report and make preparations for its implementation soon.

The diplomat also spelled out some of his priorities during the interview.

“At first, there should an environment of trust. There should be easy connections at the political level. The road transport should be easy,” he said, “The border disputes should be eliminated and misuse of open border and crossborder crimes should be controlled.”

Acharya added that he would also work to reduce Nepal’s trade deficit with the neighbour.

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