While addressing the National Assembly on Sunday, PM KP Sharma Oli has pledged to retrieve disputed territories of Kalapani, Limpiyadhura, and Lipulekh from India, which is likely to reignite the border row that has worsened relations between the two countries last year.
“Kalapani, Limpiyadhura, and Lipulekh, which are located east of the Mahakali River, belong to Nepal as per the Sugauli Treaty. We will get them back through diplomatic talks with India,” said PM Oli.
He added that the Nepali rulers never tried to reclaim Nepali territories after the Indian army forces encroached on the area following the India-China war in 1962.
Last year, the Oli-led government issued a new political map incorporating Kalapani, Limpiyadhura, and Lipulekh as part of Nepalese territory, triggering a border row with India.
“Some people are restless because my government issued the new political map incorporating the encroached Nepali territories. In fact, our rulers hesitated to speak against the Indian encroachment. Now, we are working to get back these territories,” said Oli.
Over the last few months, Indian Army Chief Naravane, Foreign Secretary Harsh Shringla, and Research and Analysis Wing Chief Samant Goel visited Nepal to improve bilateral relations between the countries. Likewise, Nepali Foreign Minister Pradeep Gyawali is scheduled to visit India on January 14 to hold talks with his counterpart.
Talking about the recent high-level visits from the neighborhood countries, PM Oli said, “They came here to convey their good wishes. There is nothing to worry much about that.”
“We are working to deepen ties with India based on sovereign equality. In fact, we want to deepen the relationship with India in a true sense, and we should not hesitate to raise our issues of genuine concerns with India,” he added.
Mr. Oli also said that sincere efforts from his government had pushed the bilateral ties with both immediate neighbors – India and China – to new heights.
The prime minister also informed that his government is expanding the Araniko Highway to improve road connectivity with China. He also mentioned that a survey is being conducted to construct a tunnel connecting with Kerung of the Tibetan Autonomous Region, China.
Moreover, talking about the parliament dissolution, PM Oli said, “I was forced to dissolve the House of the Representatives as some people in my party did not allow the government to perform well.” He also criticized former chief justices for calling his act of parliament dissolution “unconstitutional.”
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