India and Nepal on August 17, began their talks concerning the New Delhi’s development projects in the country. The talks began at 10 am local time in Kathmandu and concluded around 12 noon.
India was represented by its envoy in Kathmandu Vinay Mohan Kwatra while Nepal was represented by Foreign Secretary Shankar Das Bairagi. The meet is a “part of regular interaction between India and Nepal” and the mechanism was set up in 2016 to “review ongoing bilateral economic and development projects on a periodic basis”.
This is for the first time that the two nations had their formal talks amid strained ties after the new Nepal map, that shows Indian territories as Nepali territories, was released. On August 15, Prime Minister Mr. Narendra Modi and his Nepalese counterpart Mr. Oli spoke to each other for the first time in months after the deteriorated ties.
The border row was not discussed at the meet since the talks did not have the mandate for it.
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