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Nepal pushes for talks, India says it must build trust first | India News


NEW DELHI: With Nepal insisting on talks at the foreign affairs secretary level to address the Kalapani border problemeven while simultaneously pushing through a constitutional amendment To validate its new map, India said on Thursday it was important to create an environment of trust for dialogue.
After the main opposition party, Nepalese Congress, sought more time, and Madhesis demanded that the proposed amendment also address their concerns, the K P Oli government has yet to present the bill in parliament. India said it had noted that this matter was receiving “careful consideration” in Nepal, given its seriousness. “India is open to interact with all its neighbors on the basis of mutual sensitivity and respect, in an environment of trust and security. This is an ongoing process and requires constructive and positive efforts, “MEA spokesman Anurag Srivastava said, responding to a question about Nepal’s request for talks. India believes there has been no lack of commitment between the two countries in any case.

Foreign Secretary Harsh Shringla has already met twice with the Nepalese ambassador, Nilambar Acharya. MEA Joint Secretary (North) Piyush Srivastava, who runs Nepal, also met with the ambassador several times and kept in regular contact with him, the sources said. The Nepal media previously reported that the ambassador had been unsuccessfully trying to meet with senior Indian officials.
Nepal has been calling for talks on Kalapani since November last year, after India released its new map after the J&K reorganization. He wants to activate the mechanism at the foreign affairs secretary level between the two countries to solve problems related to pending border disputes. The central working committee of the Nepalese Congress will now meet on Saturday to discuss the proposal to revise the map on the national emblem, according to media reports from Nepal. The party, however, had supported the decision for a new map earlier.
The MEA said that it attaches great importance to deep historical, cultural and friendly relations with Nepal. “Even in these difficult times of the Covid-19 pandemic, India has ensured unhindered trade and supply of essential products, including medicines to Nepal, in addition to providing assistance in terms of medical supplies and other facilities,” added Srivastava

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