India – Nepal to hold high level meeting to review development projects on Himalayan front

India and Nepal will hold talks on Monday that is today on oversight mechanism to review development projects funded by New Delhi in the Himalayan region nation.This will be the first high-level connection between two neighbouring nations as border relations has been hit previously.

On 2016, this Joint overnight mechanism  has been launched to review progress in bilateral projects between two nations. It will also be the first meeting after PM Oli’s remark on India’s deity Lord Rama’s birthplace.

The meeting between Indian officer Vinay Mohan Kwatra and Nepal’s foreign secretary Shanker Das Bairagi who will be jointly discussing the mechanism can be seen as an anticipation by some close quarters in Kathmandu as a positive development after the border disputes already took it to a low grade.

“The mechanism will only focus on the implementation of India-funded projects in Nepal. However, it could help break the logjam in relations,” said a person aware of the developments.

During its seventh meeting in July last year, the mechanism has been reviewed by the envoys on implementation of projects such cross-border rail links, petroleum pipelines, roads, bridges, integrated border check posts, energy, irrigation, and post-earthquake reconstruction.

The border disputes broke out late last year after Nepal intervened and raised objections on to the inclusion of Kalapani region, which was claimed by Kathmandu, in a new map introduced by Nepal cabinet, of the union territory of Ladakh that was issued by India. The row was inflamed in May, when India inaugurated a new road to Lipulekh region on the border with Tibet, as this area too is claimed by Nepal by defence Minister.

In June, Nepal’s Parliament approved the new political map of the country that showed Kalapani, Lipulekh and Limpiyadhura, which are all controlled by India, as the part of the Himalayan nation