Kathmandu, Nepal: The sixth meeting of the Eminent Persons Group (EPG) on Nepal-India Relations is going to be held in New Delhi of India from January 11 (coming Thursday).
The Nepali EPG delegation led former foreign minister Bhekh Bahadur Thapa, former minister Nilamber Acharya, former secretary and chief commissioner of the Commission for Investigation of Abuse of Authority (CIAA) Surya Nath Upadhyay and former lawmaker Rajan Bhattarai will leave to India on January 10 to take part in the meeting.
Both the neighboring country- Nepal and India- had formed the EPG on October, 2011 with the objective of reviewing the entire gamut of bilateral issues and to recommend ways to improve the bilateral relations.
The agreement was materialized during the visit of Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi to Nepal in July, 2014 by forming the EPG comparing the experts from both the countries.
However, the EPG has yet to finalize the issues that need to be reviewed the past treaties and agreements reached between the countries even though the issue of reviewing the 1950 Nepal-India Peace and Friendship Treaty has long being parroted to review as per the changing context.
The EPG has to submit a joint document to their respective governments with recommendations over the issues within two years but nothing is finalized yet, thanks to the failure even to enter in the crux issues.
As of the pasts, the EPG members have said that they would hold discussions on all contentious issues between the two countries including the 1950 Nepal-India Peace and Friendship Treaty.