NEW DELHI —
The prime ministers of India and Nepal spoke over the telephone on Saturday to attempt to ease bilateral tensions which have existed since a border dispute erupted between the 2 nations in Could.
Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi obtained a name from his Nepalese counterpart, Okay. P. Sharma Oli, greeting India on its Independence Day and its latest election as a non-permanent member of the U.N. Safety Council, a press release by India’s Exterior Affairs Ministry stated.
The border dispute between the nations started over India’s inauguration in Could of a Himalayan hyperlink street inbuilt a disputed area that lies at a strategic three-way junction with Tibet and China.
“Prime Minister Oli appreciated Prime Minister Modi’s renewed precedence to neighborhood as spelt out in immediately’s Independence Day tackle. The prime minister of Nepal regarded ahead to significant bilateral cooperation,” a Nepal international ministry assertion stated.
Nepal has been complaining that India isn’t responding to its provide made in November and December final yr to carry official-level talks to resolve the problem.
Nepal just lately issued a brand new political map exhibiting the disputed territory inside its borders.
The transient statements issued by the 2 sides on Saturday didn’t say whether or not the 2 nations plan to carry official-level talks on the problem any time quickly.
India inaugurated the 80-kilometer (50-mile) Lipu Lekh street, which is the shortest route between New Delhi and Kailash-Mansarovar, a revered Hindu pilgrimage web site within the Tibetan plateau. India stated the street didn’t illegally cross into neighboring Nepal.
Nepal has fiercely contested India’s declare on the territory, which it has included in modern boundary maps as a part of the Indian state of Uttarakhand, due to its potential as an financial hall.
Nepal, which was by no means beneath colonial rule, has lengthy claimed the areas of Limpiyadhura, Kalapani and Lipu Lekh in accordance with the 1816 Sugauli treaty with the British Raj, though these areas have remained in command of Indian troops since India fought a conflict with China in 1962.
Related Press author Binaj Gurubacharya in Kathmandu, Nepal, contributed to this report.