Nepal, India PMs talked over phone, but no one knows if they discussed border too

Prime Ministers of Nepal and India–KP Sharma Oli and Narendra Modi–at a joint press conference, in New Delhi, on Saturday, April 7, 2018.

Kathmandu, August 15

After months of escalating tension between the two countries over the Kalapani-Limpiyadhura border disagreement, the prime ministers of Nepal and India have held a telephone conversation on Saturday.

According to foreign affairs ministries of both the countries, Nepal’s KP Sharma Oli had telephone India’s Narendra Modi to congratulate him on the occasion of India’s Independence Day and the country’s recent election as a non-permanent member of the United Nations Security Council.

However, it is not yet clear if the leaders talked anything about the border dispute in the short conversation as the statements by the ministries of both sides have not mentioned anything about it.

Instead, the MoFA in Kathmandu says in its statement after the call, “Prime Minister Oli appreciated Prime Minister Modi’s renewed priority to neighborhood as spelt out in today’s Independence Day address. The Prime Minister of Nepal looked forward to meaningful bilateral cooperation.”

In response, “Prime Minister (Modi) thanked the Prime Minister of Nepal for his telephone call and recalled the civilisational and cultural links that India and Nepal share,” reads the Indian Ministry of External Affairs’ statement.

Moreover, they discussed the challenges posed by the Covid-19 pandemic and Oli thanked Modi for India’s support in coping with the crisis, confirm both sides.

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