Kathmandu, Nepal, August 11, 2020: Ending the month long hiatus in the dialogue, officials from Nepal and India are going to hold the eighth meeting of the Nepal-India Oversight Mechanism (NIOM) on coming Monday (August 17, 2020) in Kathmandu.
Officials from both the neighboring courtiers have agreed to hold a meeting to discuss on progress made in India-funded projects in Nepal. Ministry of Foreign Affairs (MoFA) Secretary Shanker Das Bairagi is going to lead the Nepali delegation while Indian Ambassador to Nepal Vinay Mohan Kwatra will lead the Indian delegation during the meeting.
As the meeting is scheduled about nine month long hiatus in the dialogue between the two neighboring countries, it is taken importantly in the diplomatic and political front. The concerned officials at the MoFA have taken the meeting as of an avenue to resume stalled process of dialogue in days to come.
‘The meeting would help to ease the standoff between the two countries on ranges of issues including the border dispute though the meeting of the NOIM has to be concentrated over the issue of implementing the bilateral projects between the two countries,’ an official at the MoFA said preferring anonymity. The NOIM was setup in September 2016 with the mandate to oversee the bilateral projects and to take necessary steps for the effective implementation.
As the standoff between the two countries has further escalated due to the unwarranted and false claims from the politicians from both the countries regardless of boundaries issues or religious site, the diplomats have a suggestion that the officials from the foreign ministries of Nepal and India have to work not to damage the bilateral relationship between the two neighboring countries.
The recent statement of spokesperson of the Indian Ministry of External Affairs Anurag Srivastava is highly praised in the diplomatic and political front in both Nepal and India as he had made clear going against of the controversial statement of Indian Minister for External Affairs Jaishankar over the issue of birth place of Lord Buddha.
During a virtual meeting on Saturday Jaishankar had stated that Lord Buddha was Indian. But spokesperson Srivastava on Sunday clarified the false statement ‘stating that there is no doubt that Gautam Buddha was born in Lumbini, which is in Nepal.
Prime Minister KP Oli had also made similar controversial remarks over the issue of birthplace of lord Rama stating that the real birthplace of Rama lies in a village to the west of Birgunj in Nepal. The statement had come at the time when the bilateral relation between the two countries was soured over the issue of border disputes.
As the statement of Oli was highly condemned from different sectors, the Foreign Ministry had issued a statement to clarify that the claims made by PM Oli over Ayodhya was non-political and not made with intention to hurt anyone's feelings and sentiments.