Nepalese Foreign Minister Pradeep Kumar Gyawali met Defence Minister Rajnath Singh in New Delhi and discussed issues pertaining to defence and people to people cooperation between two countries. Anish Kumar reports
Nepalese Foreign Minister Pradeep Kumar Gyawali met Defence Minister Rajnath Singh in New Delhi and discussed issues pertaining to defence and people to people cooperation between two countries.
It was a first high-level visit from Nepal after Prime Minister KP Sharma Oli triggered a controversy by releasing a map which showed three Indian territories, including Limpiyadhura, Kalapani and Lipulekh -- as part of Nepal.
"Had a wonderful meeting with the Foreign Minister of Nepal, Shri Pradeep Gyawali today. India's relations with Nepal are not limited to governments in both the countries but it is driven by the people of both the nations. India-Nepal relations offer limitless potential," Rajnath Singh said in a tweet.
In July 2020, Gyawali had stoked controversy after he called Gorkha recruitment a legacy of past and the 1947 tripartite agreement between India, UK and Nepal as 'redundant'.
During his 3-day visit to India, he said, "As of now, there is no change in Kathmandu’s position."
He added, "Yes, there are academic discussions in societies. In vibrant democracies, there may be different opinions in that regard, but so far the government of Nepal has not changed its position on this issue or made any new decision in this regard."
Talking about Gorkhas in the Indian Army, he said it is a reality and "one of the important components of our relationship".
Presently, there are 39 battalions serving in seven Gorkha Regiments.
In order to mend bilateral ties, last year, Foreign Secretary Harsh Vardhan Shringla, Indian Army chief Gen MM Naravane and Research and Analysis Wing (R&AW) chief Samant Kumar Goel visited Kathmandu amidst the strain ties between two neighbouring countries.
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