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The meeting between Indian Ambassador Vinay Mohan Kwatra & Nepal Foreign Secretary Shanker Das Bairagi comes months after Kathmandu issued its controversial new map.
After External Affairs Minister S. Jaishankar refers to Lord Buddha as one of the 'greatest Indians', Nepal Foreign Ministry says matter remains beyond doubt that he was born in Lumbini.
The map, finalised earlier this year, shows Limpiyadhura, Lipulekh and Kalapani — three territories disputed with India — within Nepalese borders.
As tensions with India soar, Nepal PM K.P. Sharma Oli is facing strife within the Communist Party, with China trying hard to keep it from falling apart.
India's assertion comes days after Nepalese PM KP Oli made critical remarks aimed at India, further straining bilateral relations already impacted over Nepal's new map.
China’s interest in Nepal is over a decade old, but the watershed moment was the 2015 Madhesi agitation and blockade, which was viewed as being India-backed.
The project first conceived 24 years ago in 1996, had picked up pace in 2014 after the Narendra Modi-led NDA government came to power.
In interview to ThePrint, Bishnu Rijal of Nepal Communist Party says entire Kalapani belongs to Nepal and that while China has agreed to talk on the issue, India hasn't.
By not talking to Nepal for long, India has played into Nepal Prime Minister K.P. Oli’s hands and helped him promote his nationalist agenda.
Be it Chinese incursion or Nepal's new map, a perfect foreign policy storm is gathering to the detriment of India. But there is no word form Jaishankar, let alone PM Modi.