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Nepal, India PMs discuss air entry routes, but not border issues on COP26 sidelines

Prime Minister Sher Bahadur Deuba meets his Indian counterpart Narendra Modi, in Glasgow, Scotland, on the sidelines of the COP26, on Wednesday, November 3, 2021.
Prime Minister Sher Bahadur Deuba meets his Indian counterpart Narendra Modi, in Glasgow, Scotland, on the sidelines of the COP26, on Wednesday, November 3, 2021. Photo: https://twitter.com/narendramodi/

Kathmandu, November 3

Prime ministers of Nepal and India have held bilateral talks in Glasgow, Scotland on the sidelines of the United Nations 26th Climate Conference (COP26) on Tuesday. Whereas Sher Bahadur Deuba and his Indian counterpart Narendra Modi discussed various issues of bilateral concerns during the brief meeting, they did not talk about the pressing border issues.

The Nepali Embassy in London informs Deuba thanked Modi for India’s valuable assistance in the socio-economic development of Nepal including infrastructures, railway links, petroleum pipelines, reconstruction projects among others. “He also thanked for the Indian support to Nepal in essential medical supplies and vaccines in its fight against the Covid-19 pandemic. He expressed that India’s support would continue in the supply of chemical fertiliser as in the past.”

Likewise, Deuba also requested the Indian government to allow additional air entry routes through Mahendranagar, Dhangadhi, Nepalgunj and Bhairahawa. “The Indian Prime Minister stated that he would work for further strengthening Nepal-India ties and assured of his full support to Nepal as required.”

Meanwhile, Deuba also met Sri Lankan President Gotabaya Rajapaksa among others on Tuesday.

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