Modi gets a call from Nepal PM, the first since map row, ‘to discuss bilateral matters’


File image of Prime Minister Narendra Modi with his Nepalese counterpart K.P. Sharma Oli | Representational image | ANI


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New Delhi: Prime Minister Narendra Modi received a call from his Nepalese counterpart K.P. Sharma Oli to discuss “bilateral matters” hours after he “showed renewed priority” to India’s ‘Neighbourhood First’ policy in his Independence Day speech Saturday. 

This is the first time the two leaders spoke after Nepal released a controversial political map in May showing the disputed regions of Kalapani, Limpiyadhura and Lipulekh as part of its own territory, which was rejected by India.

Nepal’s Ministry of Foreign Affairs said in a statement, “The two prime ministers agreed to continue discussions on bilateral matters in the future.

“Prime Minister Oli appreciated Prime Minister Modi’s renewed priority to neighborhood as spelt out in today’s Independence Day address. The Prime Minister of Nepal looked forward to meaningful bilateral cooperation,” the statement added.

Meanwhile, thanking the Nepal PM, Modi tweeted, “Thank you PM @kpsharmaoli Ji for the Independence Day wishes.

 

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