Indian-Nepalese Diplomats Discuss Bilateral Projects After Months of Acrimony (Download PDF)

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Indian-Nepalese Diplomats Discuss Bilateral Projects After Months of Acrimony

  • Indian and Nepalese diplomats met in Kathmandu and reviewed the status of a few ongoing bilateral projects.
  • In the current year, this is the first diplomat level meeting between the two sides.
  • The meeting is important in view of Kalapani territorial dispute.
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Overview

  • The talks marked the Eighth meeting of Nepal India Oversight Mechanism.
  • The talks did not take up the territorial dispute.
  • However, the officials reviewed the status of construction of bridges over Mahakali River, which is close to the disputed region.
  • The two sides discussed –
    • Cross-border railways
    • Arun-III hydropower project
    • Petroleum products
    • Pipelines
    • Pancheshwar multipurpose project
    • Post-earthquake reconstruction
    • Irrigation, power, and transmission lines.
    • Construction of Nepal Police Academy
    • Ramayana projects
  • The Oversight Mechanism is not usually tasked with discussing controversial border disputes between India and Nepal.
  • These come under the Foreign Secretaries.
  • Nepal has urged India to convene a foreign secretary level dialogue to discuss the territorial disputes of Susta and Kalapani.
  • New Delhi has not yet agreed on a date.

- Published/Last Modified on: December 30, 2020

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