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Oversight mechanism: India, Nepal to hold first high-level meeting today after border disputes

Nepal to hold first high-level meeting today after border disputes

Amid deteriorating relations on a slew of issues, India and Nepal will hold a high-level meeting today under their ‘oversight mechanism’ to take stock of all bilateral economic and developmental projects between both the countries.

Over the past couple of months, India and Nepal have been in loggerheads over disputes along the border. This meet will be the first on a diplomatic level ever since Nepal tossed a new political map in May depicting a host of Indian territories as its own.

There are several issues between India and Nepal which are of mutual interests. Floods in Uttar Pradesh and Bihar would likely crop up during this meet. This “oversight mechanism” was set up in 2016 to look into all bilateral economic and developmental projects in Nepal says, Ministry of External Affairs Spokesperson Anurag Srivastava. 

The meeting, which will be between Indian envoy Vinay Mohan Kwatra and Nepal’s foreign secretary Shanker Das Bairagi, is seen as a positive step to diffuse the tension that erupted after the border row.

“The mechanism will only focus on the implementation of India-funded projects in Nepal. However, it could help break the logjam in relations,” said a person privy to the developments.

India vehemently opposed the new demarcation of international borders that Nepal showed in the new map terming the “artificial enlargement” as untenable.

India’s foreign ministry further said that Nepal’s action nullifies an agreement reached between the two nations to resolve the boundary issues through diplomatic talks.

In the past few weeks, the two nations had also engaged in a war of words related to Lord Rama and Gautam Buddha’s origins, with Nepal claiming them as theirs.

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