Kathmandu: Nepal Prime Minister KP Sharma Oli on Friday said that the pending issues related to the border issue with India will be resolved through diplomatic channels based on historical agreements, maps and factual documents.
A week after President Bidya Devi Bhandari dissolved the House of Representatives, Oli underlined in a televised address to the nation that Nepal’s international relations would be based on mutual benefit and respect for each other.
Oli, who is heading the minority government, said, “Nepal’s international relations will be based on mutual benefit and respect for each other and cooperation from friendly countries will be sought on the basis of equality, justice and understanding.”
He said that pending issues related to border issues with India would be resolved through diplomatic channels based on historical agreements, maps and factual documents.
India-Nepal bilateral relations were tense after Defense Minister Rajnath Singh inaugurated the 80-km-long strategically important road connecting Lipulekh Pass to Dharchula in Uttarakhand on 8 May last year.
Nepal reacted sharply to the opening of the road, claiming that it passes through the Nepalese region.
India rejected the claim, stating that the road was entirely within its territory.
A few days later, Nepal brought a new map showing Lipulekh, Kalapani and Limpiyadhura as its territories.
After Nepal released the map, India reacted sharply, calling it “unilateral action” and cautioned Kathmandu that such an “artificial extension” of territorial claims would not be acceptable to her.
India said that Nepal’s action violated the consensus to resolve border issues between the two countries through negotiations.
Nepal and India agreed to conduct a joint study of the ongoing construction activities by the Indian side along the Indo-Nepal border in Darchula district.
In his address to the nation, Oli thanked China, India and other friendly countries for helping the government in its effort to control the spread of coronavirus by providing the necessary medical supplies.
He reported that the government of Nepal received 3.2 million doses of vaccines against coronovirus in grants from Allied countries and purchased one million additional vaccines to launch a campaign against the spread of coronaviruses.
President Vidya Devi Bhandari on Saturday dissolved the 275-member House of Representatives for the second time in five months and announced mid-term elections on November 12 and 19 on the advice of Prime Minister Oli, who is heading the minority government.
He rejected the claims of both Prime Minister Oli and the opposition coalition to form the government, stating that ‘the claims were insufficient’