Nepal ready for talks; Create trust first, says India

While the recent disputes on the border have brought a gap in the diplomatic relationship between India and Nepal, reports say that Nepal is ready for bilateral talks to resolve the issue. TOI reports that with Nepal insisting on foreign secretary-level talks to address the Kalapani border issue, even while simultaneously pushing through a constitutional amendment to validate its new map, India said on Thursday it was important to create an environment of trust and confidence for dialogue.

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After the main opposition party, Nepali Congress, sought more time and the Madhesis demanded that the proposed amendment also address their concerns, the K P Oli government hasn’t been able to table the bill in parliament yet. India said it had noted that this matter was receiving “careful consideration” in Nepal, taking into account its seriousness. “India is open to engaging with all its neighbours on the basis of mutual sensitivity and mutual respect, in an en vironment of trust and confidence. This is a continuous process and requires constructive and positive efforts,” said MEA spokesman Anurag Srivastava, replying to a question on Nepal’s plea for talks. India believes there has been no lack of engagement between the two countries in any case.

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