New Delhi: To further strengthen the bilateral relations between both countries, Union Defence Minister Rajnath Singh on Saturday, offered Nepal to provide humanitarian assistance and disaster relief training and capacity building during a meeting with Nepal Foreign Minister Pradeep Kumar Gyawali in New Delhi.
The Nepal Foreign Minister is in India for the sixth India-Nepal Joint Commission Meeting. During his interaction with Singh, Gyawali not only conveyed his greetings from the leadership of Nepal, but also expressed his desire to deepen bilateral relations. He further expressed thanks for all the assistance provided by India.
Reciprocating the same sentiments, Rajnath Singh asserted that India-Nepal relations are underpinned by unique people-to-people linkages. Indian Defence Minister also talked about his personal connect, long association with Nepal’s leadership and special regard for the people of the country. Dignitaries from both the countries expressed their satisfaction at the excellent military-to-military cooperation.
Furthermore, the Nepal Foreign Minister congratulated India for successfully developing the Covid-19 vaccine and expressed confidence that this deadly pandemic will be over soon.
The relationship between the two country came under strain after India constructed a road in the Lipulekh area at 17,000 feet, an area claimed by Kathmandu to be in its territory. The road was constructed to shorten the travel time for pilgrims visiting the Kailash Mansarovar. Lipulekh is a tri-junction between India, Nepal and China situated atop the Kalapani Valley in Uttarakhand. After this incident, Nepal drew a new political map showing the contested area as its own. India, however, rejected this new map of Nepal saying it is not based on historical facts or evidence.
Furthermore, China’s increased influence on Nepal had further damage Indo-Nepal relations and to strengthen the bilateral relationship, Research and Analysis Wing (RA&W) chief Samant Kumar Goel and Indian Army Chief General Manoj Mukund Naravane had also paid a visit to Kathmandu last year, where they had met Nepal Prime Minister K.P. Sharma Oli and several other Nepalese leaders.