In what could cast a shadow on the improving ties between New Delhi and Kathmandu, Nepal Prime Minister KP Sharma Oli on Sunday vowed to reclaim the territories of Lipulekh, Kalapani, and Limpiyadhura from India.
Oli made the statement while addressing the National Assembly, or upper house. The remarks may rile the Indian government, which has been trying to improve the relations between the two countries for the past few months.
The Nepal PM said that Kalapani, Limpiyadhura and Lipulekh “belong to Nepal as per the Sugauli Treaty” and that he will “get them back through diplomatic talks with India,” Republica news website reported.
Earlier in May, the Nepal PM had said that the three territories belong to Nepal and pledged to “reclaim” them from India through political and diplomatic efforts.
Oli’s today’s comments came at a time Nepal’s bilateral relations with India seemed to be back on an even keel following the recent visits of Army Chief General MM Naravane and Foreign Secretary Harsh Vardhan Shringla to the country.
Nepal’s foreign minister Pradeep Gyawali is also scheduled to visit India on January 14 for a meeting of the bilateral joint commission with his counterpart.