May 29, On Tuesday, India rejected the reports which stated that Nepalese the ambassador had to wait for the Ministry of External Affairs (MEA), regardless of his request for meetings to discuss current storm over the border.
As per the news, it was disclosed that “Ministry of External Affairs maintains close working relations with all the resident Missions in New Delhi and interacts with them on a regular basis. Official level meetings are scheduled as and when required.” Furthermore shared the information that Foreign Secretary had already met Nepal Ambassador twice. As joint secretary north, MEA deals with Nepal and Bhutan and it has been in regular contact with Nepal. To the contrary, the reports tell, Nepalese envoy had not been able to access to senior officials in MEA.
However, when Nepal’s Ambassador, Nilambar Acharya submitted a request to MEA for a meeting last month. It was followed up by the embassy on May 21, just a day after the new map was released by Nepal.
“The Government of Nepal has released a revised official map that includes parts of Indian Territory. This unilateral act is not based on historical facts and evidence,” said Anurag Srivastava, Ministry of External Affairs spokesperson. According to them said that Nepal has been acting separately. He also mentioned that, “It is contrary to the two-sided understanding to resolve the outstanding boundary issues through diplomatic dialogue. Such artificial enlargement of territorial claims will not be accepted by India.”
Srivastava highlighted,” Nepal was well aware of India’s position on the matter and urged Nepal “to refrain from such unjustified cartographic assertion and respect India’s sovereignty and territorial integrity.” Lastly, he said, “We hope that the Nepalese leadership will create a positive atmosphere for diplomatic dialogue to resolve the outstanding boundary issues.”