May 29, 2024

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Border disputes will not affect ‘multi-dimensional relations’ with India over the issue; Nepal

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Kathmandu: India and Nepal have been on strained ties lately over the Himalayan neighbors territorial claims lately and their subsequent amendment in Constitution annexing disputed areas with India.

However, even after triggering tensions with India along the border, Nepal Foreign Minister Pradeep Kumar Gyawali on Monday said that he hoped it affected impact ‘other dynamics’ of the bilateral ties and that the issue could be sorted out through diplomatic efforts.

“We are confident that the dispute would be resolved through diplomatic efforts. No move capable of causing implication on Nepal-India multi-dimensional relations will be taken. The border issue should not undermine the overall status of Nepal’s ties with India, ”Gyawali told a meeting at the National Assembly, news agency PTI reported.

Earlier this month, Nepal passed an amendment in its Constitution to redraw the political map and included three strategically important areas belonging to India even after repeated warnings.

India has called “artificial enlargement” as “untenable” after the Nepal Parliament approved the new map featuring Lipulekh, Kalapani and Limpiyadhura areas.

Gyawali said his government was ‘in constant touch’ with India to resolve these issues.

“We are in touch with India.” We are committed to resolving this issue through talks and I am hopeful that we will be able to resolve it. We will resolve the dispute but not by means of provocations and emotions, ”Gyawali said, according to the Kathmandu Post.

Defense Minister Rajnath Singh had inaugurated an 80-km-long strategically road connecting the Lipulekh pass with Dharchula in Uttarakhand on May 8. Nepal had back then protested by saying that it passed through their territory.
Nepal and Chinese encroachment

Gyawali said there are no border disputes with China and that the media was spreading misinformation and fake news of Chinese encroachment of Nepalese territory.

Nepal and China have no border disputes. Misinformation will mislead us, so believed not entertain such stuffs. Both countries have signed a peace and friendship border treaty and both parties are agreed to inspect the bilateral border points in every ten years. During the third border inspection, it was decided to place border pillars for the clarity of border demarcation. Preparations are on to resolve the issue on tri-juncture towards the west, ”he said.

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