Govt non-committal on Nepal border talks

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NEW DELHI: With Nepal’s Parliament all set to complete the process to legitimise the nation’s new map, India on Thursday recalled its cultural and civilisation links with the neighbouring country but remained non-committal on talks on the boundary issue.
The government also reminded


that India had ensured there was no "untoward disruption" in supply of essential goods to Nepal, despite the lockdown on both sides.
The government had earlier said it was important to first create an environment of trust and confidence for dialogue. India has described Nepal's decision to issue a new map as a unilateral act not backed by any historical fact or evidence.
When asked whether or not India would finally accept Nepal's proposal for talks on the boundary, the


said it had already made its position clear on the issue.
"India deeply values its civilisation, cultural and friendly relations with Nepal. Our multi-faceted bilateral partnership has expanded and diversified in recent years with increased focus and enhanced Indian assistance on humanitarian, development and connectivity projects in Nepal," MEA spokesperson Anurag Srivastava said.
The official added that India had been reaching out to friendly neighbouring countries, including Nepal, in line with PM

Narendra Modi

's initiative to chart out a common strategy to combat Covid-19 in the region.
He said India had extended all possible technical, medical and humanitarian assistance to Nepal.
"We have supplied about 25 tonnes of medical aid to Nepal, including paracetamol and


medicines, test kits and other medical supplies. Government of India has also ensured that there is no untoward disruption in trade and supply of essential goods to Nepal, despite the lockdown on both sides. India has also helped in repatriation of Nepalese nationals stranded abroad on humanitarian grounds," Srivastava said.
The Oli government has looked to quickly validate the new map by seeking a constitutional amendment to revise the old map in the national emblem. With all political parties backing the move, Nepal's Parliament is likely to approve the amendment this week.

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