New Delhi: Amid strained ties over several issues, India held a meeting with Nepal on Monday to take stock of its ongoing projects in Nepal. This was the first major bilateral dialogue between the two countries ever since the ties turned sour after Kathmandu released a new political map of Nepal showing several Indian territories as its own in May this year.
According to the Indian Embassy in Kathmandu, India and Nepal held the 8th meeting of the Oversight Mechanism (OSM) through digital video conferencing today. The meeting carried out a comprehensive review of bilateral economic and development cooperation projects.
The meeting will be held between Indian Ambassador to Nepal Vinay Mohan Kwatra and Nepal’s Foreign Secretary Shanker Das Bairagi. The meeting has come two days after Prime Minister Narendra Modi spoke to his Nepali counterpart KP Oli for the first time since the map controversy.
As per sources, it was a courtesy call by KP Oli to extend his greeting to India on the 74th Independence Day. The Nepali PM had also discussed the COVID-19 pandemic in India during the 10-minute long telephonic conversation.
Sources also said that Oli also extended his wishes to PM Modi for India’s recent election as a non-permanent member of the United Nations Security Council (UNSC).
Despite its reservations over Nepal’s move to issue a new map showing Indian territory in Uttarakhand as its own, the Indian government has been keen to carry forward the bilateral cooperation on other areas with the Himalayan country.