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Indian and Nepalese diplomats met in Kathmandu and reviewed the status of a number of ongoing bilateral projects.

Details and Highlights

  • This is the first diplomat-level meeting between the two sides in 2020 that saw the Kalapani territorial dispute.
  • The talks marked the Eighth Meeting of Nepal-India Oversight Mechanism.
  • The meeting did not take up the territorial dispute but the officials reviewed the status of construction of bridges over the Mahakali river, which is near 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 and Ramayana projects among other items.
  • Nepal has urged India to convene a Foreign Secretary-level dialogue to discuss the territorial disputes of Susta and Kalapani but New Delhi has not yet agreed on a possible date.
  • India has committed to rebuild 50,000 houses damaged by the devastating earthquake of April 2015.
  • Nepal also appreciated the Covid-19-related assistance from India, including the supply of medicines and medical equipment.

-Source: Hindustan Times, The Hindu

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