Prime minister Narendra Modi After extensive talks between Prime Minister Sher Bahadur Deuba and Nepal’s Prime Minister Sher Bahadur Deuba, Foreign Secretary Harsh Vardhan Shringla on Saturday said there was a general understanding that the border issue between the two countries needs to be resolved in a responsible manner through dialogue and its politicization. should be avoided. Shringla made this remark at a media briefing after talks between Modi and Deuba.
Deuba, in his statement to the media, said the boundary issue was discussed and urged Modi to resolve it through establishment of a bilateral mechanism. Shringla said that there was a brief discussion on the issue. “This issue was discussed briefly. There was a general understanding that both sides needed to resolve this in a responsible manner through discussion and dialogue in the spirit of our close and friendly relations and there was a need to avoid politicization of such issues.
Shringla was replying to a question on this issue. He said, “I think there was a feeling that we should solve this through discussion and dialogue.” Relations between India and Nepal have been strained after Nepal published a new political map in 2020. in which three Indian territories – Limpiyadhura, Kalapani and Lipulekh – were shown as part of Nepal.
India reacted sharply, calling it a “unilateral action” and warned Kathmandu that such “artificial expansion” of territorial claims would not be acceptable to it. The issue arose after Defense Minister Rajnath Singh inaugurated an 80-km-long strategically important road connecting the Lipulekh Pass with Dharchula in May 2020.
Nepal opposed the opening of the road, claiming that it passes through its territory and a new map came out a few weeks later. Shringla visited Nepal in November 2020 with the aim of bringing the relations back on track. After Shringla’s visit, the then Nepalese Foreign Minister Pradeep Kumar Gyawali visited India.