India, Nepal to carry talks underneath ‘oversight mechanism’ on Aug 17: MEA

New Delhi, August 14

India and Nepal will maintain talks on August 17 underneath their “oversight mechanism” for reviewing all bilateral financial and developmental initiatives within the Himalayan nation, the Ministry of External Affairs stated on Friday.

This could be the primary main engagement since bilateral ties got here underneath pressure after the Himalayan nation got here up with a brand new political map in May.

Asked about stories that Prime Minister Narendra Modi and his Nepalese counterpart KP Sharma Oli may have a telephonic dialog on August 15, Ministry of External Affairs Spokesperson Anurag Srivastava stated: “I have no information on this, I need to check.”

On whether or not the difficulty of floods in Uttar Pradesh and Bihar may come up for dialogue within the upcoming bilateral “oversight mechanism” talks and if any high-level dialogue between the 2 nations is proposed, he stated: “On the scheduled oversight mechanism, I think you are referring to the meeting which is to take place on August 17.”

This “oversight mechanism” was arrange in 2016 to overview all bilateral financial and developmental initiatives in Nepal, he stated.

This assembly will overview all such initiatives throughout Nepal, Srivastava stated.

Earlier this week, official sources stated Indian Ambassador Vinay Mohan Kwatra and Nepal’s Foreign Secretary Shanker Das Bairagi are scheduled to carry talks on August 17 in Kathmandu underneath the oversight mechanism.

Asked about Nepalese Foreign Minister Pradeep Kumar Gyawali’s reported remarks that the 1947 settlement amongst India, Nepal and the United Kingdom that offers with the army service of Gorkha troopers has change into “redundant”, Srivastava stated: “We are aware of the remark but we have no information on any official communication in this regard.”

Srivastava additionally asserted that he has made India’s stance clear a number of instances and had nothing extra so as to add.

In June, Nepal’s Parliament accredited the brand new political map of the nation that includes areas which India maintains belong to it.

In its response, after Nepal’s decrease home of Parliament accredited the invoice, India termed as untenable the “artificial enlargement” of territorial claims by the neighbouring nation.

India had stated Nepal’s motion violates an understanding reached between the 2 nations to resolve the boundary points by way of talks.

Meanwhile, to a separate query on former Malaysian Prime Minister Mahathir Mohamad raking up the Kashmir concern, Srivastava stated: “You are aware of the outlook and position of Mahatir Mohamad on this issue.”

“As the saying goes, you are known by the company you keep,” he stated in an obvious reference to Mohammad’s closeness to Pakistan.

Asked if any growth has taken place on the extradition of Zakir Naik, he stated India was in contact with the Malaysian authorities on the difficulty.

Naik, a 54-year-old radical Islamic preacher wished by the Indian authorities for alleged cash laundering and inciting extremism by way of hate speeches, left India in 2016 and subsequently moved to the largely Muslim Malaysia, the place he was granted everlasting residency when Mahathir was the prime minister.

On the case of the Income Tax Department detaining a 42-year-old Chinese man, recognized as Charlie Peng, alleged to be the kingpin of a money-laundering racket, Srivastava stated: “We have seen the reports and we are awaiting more information at this stage.” PTI

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