For years, India and Nepal have lived like elder and younger brothers. The friendship between the two nations is an old one. The two countries have decided to further strengthen their relationship and solve all boundary and other contentious issues. To ease the tension, the Prime Minister of Nepal, Sher Bahadur Deuba, is on a tour of India to resolve all pending matters.
India and Nepal on Saturday discussed the Kalapani border dispute, said visiting Prime Minister Sher Bahadur Deuba in New Delhi. Addressing the media after holding bilateral talks, Mr. Deuba, jointly with Prime Minister Narendra Modi, inaugurated the first cross-border rail link between India and Nepal as India welcomed Nepal into the International Solar Alliance (ISA).
Boundary issues discussed
“We discussed the boundary issue, and I urged Modiji to resolve it through the establishment of a bilateral mechanism,” said Mr. Deuba. The visit of the Nepalese leader is the first since the eruption of the Kalapani boundary issue in November 2019, after the revised political map of India portrayed the triangular area of Kalapani-Lipulek-Limpiyadhura within the territory of Uttarakhand.
Kathmandu responded as well, with the insertion of a revised political map of the country into its national symbol. Both sides were expected to address the issue under a mechanism led by the Foreign Secretaries, but that meeting is yet to be announced.
Later, the two leaders inaugurated the Jaynagar-Kurtha rail link that will establish rail connectivity to Janakpur in Nepal. During the formal ceremony held at the Hyderabad House, India also launched the RuPay card facility in Nepal.
No comparison between Indo-Nepal friendship:Modi
Addressing the meeting, PM Modi said, “The close friendship between India and Nepal has no comparison anywhere in the world.” He welcomed Mr. Deuba’s decision to visit Varanasi on Sunday, where the Nepalese leader is expected to visit the Vishwanath temple.
India and Nepal are mulling building a tourism circuit that will connect the pilgrimage sites located in the two neighbouring countries. The Vishwanath temple of Varanasi is part of that vision, which intends to connect devotees with the Pashupatinath temple of Kathmandu.
PM Modi also referred to joint efforts to stop illegal activities and crime along the border between the two sides. Two nations that have an open border are expected to take measures to strengthen the security situation along that border.