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Army Chief To Visit Nepal Next Month Amid Row Over Map

Officials stated General Naravane can be conferred the honorary rank of ”General of the Nepal Army”.

New Delhi:

Army Chief General MM Naravane will journey to Nepal within the first week of November, the maiden high-level go to from India since ties between the 2 neighbours got here below pressure after the Himalayan nation got here up with a brand new political map in May claiming a number of areas in Uttarakhand to be a part of its territory.

Officials stated General Naravane can be conferred the honorary rank of ”General of the Nepal Army” by Nepalese President Bidya Devi Bhandari throughout his go to, in continuation of an age-old custom that first began in 1950, reflecting the sturdy ties between the 2 militaries.

India additionally confers the honorary rank of ”General of Indian Army” to the Nepal Army Chief.

“The Chief of Army Staff will travel to Nepal early next month. The dates of his visit are being finalised,” stated an official.

During his go to, General Naravane is scheduled to carry intensive talks with the highest navy brass of Nepal together with his Nepalese counterpart General Purna Chandra Thapa and Defence Minister Ishwar Pokhrel, the officers stated.

“Ways to further deepen defence cooperation between the two countries will be explored during the Chief of Army Staff’s visit to Kathmandu,” stated a senior official.

The ties between the 2 international locations got here below pressure after Defence Minister Rajnath Singh inaugurated an 80-km-long strategically essential street connecting the Lipulekh go with Dharchula in Uttarakhand on May 8.

Nepal protested the inauguration of the street claiming that it handed by way of its territory. Days later, Nepal got here out with the brand new map displaying Lipulekh, Kalapani and Limpiyadhura as its territories.

In the midst of the row, General MM Naravane stated that there have been causes to imagine that Nepal objected to the street on the behest of “someone else”, in an obvious reference to a attainable function by China within the matter. The feedback triggered indignant reactions from Nepal.

India too had printed a brand new map in November 2019 displaying the areas as its territories.

After Nepal launched the map, India reacted sharply, calling it a “unilateral act” and cautioning Kathmandu that such “artificial enlargement” of territorial claims is not going to be acceptable to it.
In June, Nepal’s Parliament permitted the brand new political map of the nation that includes areas which India maintains belong to it.

In its response, after Nepal’s decrease home of parliament permitted the invoice, India termed as untenable the “artificial enlargement” of territorial claims by the neighbouring nation.

India stated Nepal’s motion violates an understanding reached between the 2 international locations to resolve the boundary points by way of talks.

Nepalese Prime Minister KP Sharma Oli has been asserting that Lipulekh, Kalapani and Limpiyadhura belong to his nation and vowed to “reclaim” them from India.

The Lipulekh go is a far western level close to Kalapani, a disputed border space between Nepal and India. Both India and Nepal declare Kalapani as an integral a part of their territory – India as a part of Uttarakhand’s Pithoragarh district and Nepal as a part of Dharchula district.

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