Indian army chief Narwane will visit Nepal in November | Indian army chief Narwane will visit Nepal in November

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Kathmandu, 14 October (IANS). Indian Army Chief General Manoj Mukund Narwane will now visit the neighboring country in November, after the border dispute between India and Nepal last year, for the first time in history, the relationship between the two countries has declined. This announcement was made by Nepal Army on Wednesday.

The controversy began in November last year after India released a new political map covering some disputed territory in the country.

Since then, no high-level officials from both sides have visited. At the same time, Kathmandu is looking for a date to hold border talks with India at the foreign secretary level to resolve the dispute, but India seems a little less enthusiastic about it.

Although the date for Naravane’s visit is yet to be decided by both sides, top Nepal government officials told IANS that the visit could take place on November 3 at the invitation of his Nepalese counterpart General Purna Chandra Thapa.

The dispute between the two escalated in November after India opened a new track in the disputed area on 8 May.

Narwane later accused Nepal of raising the border issue against India at the behest of someone and pointed to China.

His statement comes a week after Indian Defense Minister Rajnath Singh opened a track in the Lipulekh region. Nepal is describing this region as its territory.

Nepal states that according to the Treaty of Sugauli, signed between the then East India Company and the Government of Nepal in 1816, Kalapani, Lipulekh and Limpiyadhura are part of its territory.

India had said that talks on this issue are possible after the Kovid epidemic is over.

The military said in a statement that the visit was approved by the Nepal government on February 3, 2020, but was postponed due to the lockdown in both countries.

MNS / ANM

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