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Time and again asked Indian friends to formally start diplomatic negotiation: Nepal Foreign Min on map row

Amid strained ties with India, Nepal’s Foreign Affairs Minister Pradeep Gyawali on Friday said that they have time and again asked their “Indian friends to formally start the diplomatic negotiation” to settle the disputes between the two countries.

Gyawali said that Nepal had opposed India’s 8th edition of the political map through political statement and diplomatic notes, however, it was not met with a timely response.

“When India published its 8th edition of the political map back in November 2019, it comprised Nepal’s territory of Kalapani, Lipulekh and Limpiyadhura. Definitely, Nepal opposed it through political statement and diplomatic notes, news agency ANI quoted Nepal Foreign Affairs Minister as saying.

“We time and again asked our Indian friends to formally start the diplomatic negotiation to settle these problems. We proposed the possible dates as well but our proposal was not responded timely,” Gyawali added.

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