1950 Nepal-India Treaty should be reviewed: Dahal

Published On: July 17, 2022 12:31 PM NPT By: Republica  | @RepublicaNepal

KATHMANDU, July 17: CPN (Maoist Center) Chairman Pushpa Kamal Dahal, who is on an India visit, has said that the Peace and Friendship Treaty of 1950 between Nepal and India should be reviewed. In an interaction organized by the Think Tank  'Foundation for Public Awareness and Policy' (FPAP) close to the ruling Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) on Saturday in New Delhi on Nepal-India relations, Dahal pointed out the need to address “some issues left behind by history in a positive manner.”

Dahal said that the 1950 treaty and issues such as border disputes and the EPG report should be resolved through dialogue in a diplomatic manner. 

Dahal, who left for India on Friday at the invitation of BJP President JP Nadda, also met Indian External Affairs Minister S Jaishankar on Saturday. Jaishankar said that there was a fruitful discussion on the issue of economic cooperation and strengthening of neighborly relations. "Reflecting the Neighborhood First Policy, India will always be a reliable partner in Nepal's desire for development and prosperity," Foreign Minister Jaishankar tweeted after the meeting with Dahal.

Experts in related fields say that the dress worn during meetings and the style of talking have a great meaning in diplomacy. There have been negative reactions about the dress worn by the Indian foreign minister during the meeting with Dahal. Experts have said that the dress worn by the Indian foreign minister in the meeting with Dahal, who is also the former prime minister of Nepal and the chairman of a ruling party, insulted the former prime minister of Nepal. The manner in which the official of the host country wears and presents himself in the meeting with the guest has a special meaning in diplomacy. Foreign Minister Jaishankar's dress and presentation in the meeting with Dahal does not seem to have given much importance to the guest, said a senior official working at the Nepali Embassy in New Delhi.

On Saturday, Dahal also met  the head of BJP's foreign affairs department, Vijay Chauthaiwale and the president of FPAP, Dr. Anirban Gangoli. On Saturday, he met the leaders and activists of the All India Nepali Ekta Manch after a breakfast meeting at the Nepali Embassy in New Delhi. Dahal, who is still in India, is scheduled to meet Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Sunday morning. He will reach the BJP headquarters on Sunday and meet BJP President Nadda. Chathaiwale and Jaishankar will also participate in the occasion. Then he will return home.

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