India-Nepal to carry ice breaking meet subsequent week

Sandeep Dikshit
Tribune News Service

New Delhi, August 11

India and Nepal will maintain a structured assembly in Kathmandu after a nine-month interregnum throughout which bilateral ties have travelled downhill.

After Nepal media prominently printed the information with the date of the assembly, sources right here confirmed the transfer.

But they dressed the assembly as a routine monitoring of Indian tasks being carried out in Nepal.

“The scheduled oversight mechanism meeting between the Indian Ambassador in Kathmandu and Nepal’s Foreign Secretary on August 17 is part of a regular interaction between India and Nepal. This oversight mechanism was set up in 2016 to review ongoing bilateral economic and development projects, and meets on a periodic basis,” stated the sources.

This would be the eighth assembly of the Nepal-India Oversight Mechanism that might break the logjam since November when India launched a brand new map that included areas claimed by Nepal.

The embers had been stoked by Defence Minister Rajnath Singh inaugurating a steel topped street in May this yr which minimize by these disputed areas.

While Nepal stored pushing for a gathering on the Foreign Secretary degree, India has fielded its Kathmandu envoy Vinay Mohan Kwatra who will meet Nepal Foreign Office Secretary Shanker Das Bairagi.

Nepal media quoted Nepal Foreign Minister Pradeep Gyawali as saying, “We don’t have alternatives to talks. We can’t hold our entire ties hostage to the differences over the boundary issue.”

The assembly will evaluation the standing of ongoing bilateral tasks in areas of cross-border rail, roads, built-in verify posts, bridges, irrigation, inundation and post-earthquake reconstruction, in line with a press release from the Nepal Foreign Office.

“For the time being, the boundary issues can be isolated. But sooner or later, we have to resolve them. Differences over one issue should not overshadow our entire bilateral relations. We have to move on. We believe in constructive engagement, and the upcoming meeting is just one positive step towards that end. We are confident that our partnership with India will move towards a positive direction,” added Gyawali whereas talking with Nepali media.


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