India and Nepal will maintain talks on Monday beneath their “oversight mechanism” to assessment growth tasks funded by New Delhi within the Himalayan nation. This would be the first high-level contact between the 2 sides since ties had been hit by a border row.
The joint oversight mechanism was launched in 2016 and critiques progress in bilateral tasks.
The assembly between Indian envoy Vinay Mohan Kwatra and Nepal’s overseas secretary Shanker Das Bairagi, who collectively chair the mechanism, is being seen by some quarters in Kathmandu as a constructive growth after the border row took relations to a brand new low.
“The mechanism will solely deal with the implementation of India-funded tasks in Nepal. Nonetheless, it might assist break the logjam in relations,” mentioned an individual conscious of the developments.
Throughout its seventh assembly in July final 12 months, the mechanism reviewed the implementation of tasks such cross-border rail hyperlinks, petroleum pipelines, roads, bridges, built-in border verify posts, power, irrigation, and post-earthquake reconstruction.
The border row erupted late final 12 months after Nepal objected to the inclusion of Kalapani area, which is claimed by Kathmandu, in a brand new map of the union territory of Ladakh that was issued by India. The row was exacerbated in Might, when India opened a brand new highway to Lipulekh area on the border with Tibet, as this space too is claimed by Nepal.
In June, Nepal’s Parliament authorised the brand new political map of the nation that confirmed Kalapani, Lipulekh and Limpiyadhura, that are all managed by India, because the a part of the Himalayan nation.
India had termed as untenable the “synthetic enlargement” of territorial claims by the neighbouring nation. The overseas ministry additional mentioned that Nepal’s motion violates an understanding reached between the 2 international locations to resolve the boundary points by means of talks.
In latest weeks, the 2 international locations have additionally engaged in a confrontation over the origins of historic figures akin to Lord Ram and Gautam Buddha.