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It is important to respect the sensibilities of others, say India and Nepal | India News


After months of bitterness over a territorial dispute, India and Nepal on Thursday took a significant step towards normalizing bilateral ties in the form of Foreign Secretary Harsh Shringla’s visit to Kathmandu which saw the two sides agree that, as official sources said, it was important to respect the sensibilities of others. India and Nepal discussed all aspects of the relationship, including trade, investment and connectivity, in addition to the Kalapani border issue that was raised by Nepal.
Significantly, as the sources here said, both sides felt that India and Nepal should focus on the positive aspects of the broad relationship. One of the reasons India delayed engagement between Foreign Secretaries aside from the pandemic was Nepal’s mace approach to the delicate Kalapani border issue that prompted KP Sharma Oli’s government to issue a new map of Nepal and will hastily secure its endorsement by Parliament.
Nepal alluded to the discussions on the Kalapani and Susta territorial disputes in its official statement, as it said that Shringla and his counterpart Bharat Paudyal spoke about border issues and exchanged views on the completion of “border work in the remaining segments.”
“Both sides shared their views on border issues and discussed ways to carry it out under the appropriate bilateral mechanisms,” said an Indian government source.
Nepalese Foreign Minister Pradeep Gyawali was quoted later in the day as saying that “historical highlights” were discussed and that Nepal wanted to resolve the border issue on the basis of “historical facts”.
Shringla also visited Oli, with whom he also had a one-on-one meeting, President BD Bhandari and Gyawali. He also became involved with the opposition when he met with delegations from the Nepalese Congress and Madhesh leaders.
“The Foreign Secretary’s talks with Prime Minister Oli included a candid review of the state of the bilateral relationship and the potential to bring India and Nepal closer and closer. Prime Minister Oli conveyed Nepal’s desire to build on the momentum of the bilateral relationship and improve the level of the bilateral relationship. commitment, “said a source.
Specific measures needed to finish key projects as soon as possible were discussed, including the Pancheshwar Multi-Purpose Project, which Oli himself has been pushing for early implementation. The need to resume person-to-person contacts was discussed, including the beginning of an air travel bubble between India and Nepal.
With China seeking to reactivate its stalled BRI projects in Nepal, India is also working to improve economic cooperation with Kathmandu by focusing on accelerating work on its own projects. Nepal is likely to host Chinese Defense Minister Wei Fenghe on Sunday. The energy and trade secretaries of India and Nepal are expected to meet soon virtually to take over from where the foreign secretaries left.
Oli also thanked Shringla for Covid-related assistance from India during Covid. The development of the Shringla vaccine was discussed assuring the Nepalese leaders that the Nepalese requirement would be given priority. It delivered more than 2000 vials of Remdesivir injections as part of India’s continued support to Nepal in its efforts to combat Covid.
Shringla also relayed an invitation from Foreign Minister S Jaishankar to Gyawali to visit India for the next round of the Joint Commission Meeting.
Shringla conveyed India’s interest in deepening economic ties, promoting connectivity, expanding partnership for development, and strengthening people-to-people contacts, particularly youth. He informed Oli about the many projects financed by India that benefit all sectors of Nepalese society, “added the source.
Shringla will visit Gorkha district on Friday to inaugurate 3 rebuilt schools with indigenous help. It is also expected to launch an Indian-funded project to renovate the Tashop Gompa monastery in Manang district.

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