Nepal proposes talks with India over the border dispute  

Kathmandu: Nepal, who had taken an extremely adamant approach, over the border dispute with India, has softened its stand. Nepal has proposed talks on a political level to India. India has still not reacted to the proposal.  

A few days ago, India inaugurated the Kailas-Mansarovar link road, via Lipulekh. At that time, Nepal objected to the road, claiming that the road was passing through Nepalese territory. Nepal also published a map showing Indian territories Lipulekh, Kalapani are a part of Nepal. The relations between the two countries were strained with this. Nepal even threatened to deploy the military in the border regions. India did not take the Nepalese threat very seriously. The Indian Defence Chief had warned that Nepal was doing all this on Chinese instigation. The relations between the two countries were strained further. Against all this background, now, Nepal is proposing to resolve the border issue through talks.   

Nepalese Deputy Prime Minister and Defence Minister Ishwar Pokharel said ‘Nepal is willing to hold talks with India, regarding the border dispute and Nepal will not deploy the military on the Indian border.’ Nepalese Foreign Minister Pradeep Kumar Gyawali stressed on resolving the border dispute with India, through talks. Nepal is eagerly waiting for the Indian reply. However, India has not reacted to the proposal.   

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