New Delhi, August 15
Prime Minister Narendra Modi and his Nepalese counterpart KP Sharma Oli held a telephonic dialog on Saturday—the first high-level contact after ties between the 2 international locations got here underneath extreme pressure following issuance of a brand new political map by the Himalayan nation in May.
Oli referred to as up Modi and greeted the federal government and folks of India on the nation’s 74th Independence Day, an official assertion mentioned.
It mentioned Oli additionally conveyed to Modi his congratulations for India’s current election as a non-permanent member of the UN Security Council.
Modi provided India’s continued assist to Nepal in its battle in opposition to the pandemic and recalled the civilizational and cultural hyperlinks that the 2 international locations share, it mentioned.
“The leaders expressed mutual solidarity in the context of the efforts being made to minimise the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic in both countries. Prime Minister offered India’s continued support to Nepal in this regard,” the assertion mentioned.
It mentioned Modi thanked Oli for his phone name.
The telephonic dialog between the 2 leaders got here two days earlier than Indian Ambassador Vinay Mohan Kwatra and Nepal’s Foreign Secretary Shanker Das Bairagi are scheduled to carry talks underneath a bilateral framework.
It shouldn’t be identified whether or not points referring to the border row figured within the talks between Modi and Oli.
The ties between the 2 international locations got here underneath pressure after Defence Minister Rajnath Singh inaugurated an 80-km-long strategically essential highway connecting the Lipulekh cross with Dharchula in Uttarakhand on May 8.
Nepal protested the inauguration of the highway claiming that it handed by its territory. Days later, Nepal got here out with the brand new map displaying Lipulekh, Kalapani and Limpiyadhura as its territories.
In June, Nepal’s Parliament authorized the brand new political map of the nation that includes areas that India claims belong to it. In its response, after Nepal’s decrease home of parliament authorized the Bill, India termed as untenable the “artificial enlargement” of territorial claims by the neighbouring nation.
India mentioned Nepal’s motion violates an understanding reached between the 2 international locations to resolve the boundary points by talks.
Oli has been asserting that Lipulekh, Kalapani and Limpiyadhura belong to Nepal and vowed to “reclaim” them from India. PTI