Nepal waiting for India’s formal confirmation of border talk date: Minister

Pradeep Kumar Gyawali

Kathmandu, May 29

Foreign Affairs Minister Pradeep Kumar Gyawali says the government is currently waiting for formal confirmation of a date for talks with India regarding the recently surfaced border dispute between the two countries.

Gyawali’s statement comes a day after the Indian Ministry of External Affairs spokesperson said India was open to engaging with Nepal in positive and constructive efforts.

Speaking in a meeting of the International Relations and Labour Committee in Parliament on Friday, the minister said the government was ready to hold talks with the southern neighbour as soon as it agreed for the talks.

Gyawali said he was confident that the issue could be resolved through bilateral dialogue.

The centuries-old dispute between the two countries had surfaced again in November last year with India publishing in its new political map incorporating the disputed Kalapani region. After India inaugurated a link road via that region earlier this month, Nepal has also published its new map incorporating the region, giving a new height to the differences. Though India was ignoring Nepal’s requests for the talks in the past, India has expressed readiness to hold the talks after Nepal’s publication of the new map.

In another context, the minister said the government was preparing to mobilise the Armed Police Force in border security only.

Published on May 29th, Friday, 2020 3:34 PM

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