Misunderstandings with India resolved, says Nepal PM

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PTI

Kathmandu

Nepal’s embattled Prime Minister K P Sharma Oli has said that “misunderstandings” with India have been resolved and that the two countries should move forward looking at the future, asserting that neighbours share both love and problems. In a recent interview to BBC Hindi Service, Oli accepted the fact that once, there were misunderstandings between the two neighbours. However, he did not elaborate on those issues.

Oli, in a televised address to the nation last month, said that the outstanding issues relating to the border issue with India will be resolved through diplomatic channels on the basis of historical accords, maps and
factual documents.

He told BBC: “Yes, there were misunderstandings at one time, but now those misunderstandings are gone. We should not be stuck in past misunderstandings but move forward looking at the future”.

“We have to pursue a positive relationship,” the 69-year-old Nepal Prime Minister, now heading a minority government, said.

Nepal’s Opposition alliance has approached the Supreme Court against the “unconstitutional” move of President Bidya Devi Bhandari to dissolve the House of Representatives and fresh elections on the recommendation of Prime Minister Oli. Nepal has a unique relationship with India, unlike with any other country, Oli said.

“Neighbours share both love and problems. Don’t people in Chile or Argentina have a problem?” he asked.

Ties between India and Nepal came under severe strain after Nepal last year published the new political map that showed three Indian territories – Limpiyadhura, Kalapani and Lipulekh – as part of Nepal.

After Nepal released the map, India reacted sharply, calling it a “unilateral act” and cautioning Kathmandu that such “artificial enlargement” of territorial claims will not be acceptable to it.

India said that Nepal’s action violated an understanding reached between the two countries to resolve the boundary issues through talks.