KATHMANDU — The first meeting of the Eminent Persons Group (EPG) has agreed to review a scope of bilateral issues including the treaties and agreements since the 1950 Indo-Nepal Treaty of Peace and Friendship.
The EPG, comprising diplomats from both Nepal and India, has also chosen to hold its second meeting in New Delhi after three months and meet regularly every three months.
The meeting that kicked off in the capital on Monday concluded Tuesday.
Emerging out of the meeting, Nepali EPG Coordinator and former Minister of Foreign Affairs Bheikh Bahadur Thapa said, “All the bilateral issues and concerns raised between Nepal and India in different times entered the meeting. No issues have been left out”.
“After the formation the EPG, we have asked the Government of Nepal and all the ministries to provide us all the documents of bilateral treaties, agreements and arrangements with India. We have a huge pile of documents. Starting with the grand old treaty of 1950, we will go through all the agreements and arrangements,” said Thapa.
But he declined to note as what bilateral issues were raised in the meeting.
The EPG was formed to take stock the overall aspects of Nepal-India relations and to recommend for further improvement in the bilateral relations.
The EPG was mandated to study the bilateral treaties and agreements along with various sectors including trade and transportation, information technology and development and recommend for further improvements.
Likewise, Coordinator of the Eminent Persons Group, India, and former Chief Minister of Uttaranchal Province, India, Bhagat Singh Koshyari said that the Nepal-India relations was reviewed in the meeting. “The meeting of our Group will find out discontents between the two countries and will recommend both governments to resolve it.”
Koshyari said that India and people of India have always wanted to see a prosperous and happy Nepal. He said, “Our Group has some limitations. We have no right to cross it. We will carry out work in line with course of action given to the Group.”
The former Chief Minister responded by saying that India has always taken Nepal as a good neighbor and has always wanted political stability and progress in the country.
Responding to a query about India not welcoming the new constitution of Nepal, Coordinator Koshyari said that he is a politician but the issue was out of group’s jurisdiction.
PM congratulates Nepali national cricket team
KATHMANDU— Prime Minister KP Sharma Oli has congratulated Nepali national cricket team for being able to clinch the International T20 series.
PM Oli in a tweet extended best wishes and congratulations saying he was very happy to know Nepal’s win over the UAE by 14 runs in the third match of the series.
Winning T20 series is another landmark success for Nepali cricket, he said, adding, “It is big achievement for Nepal’s cricket. I would like to heartily congratulate entire members of Nepali cricket squad”.