India-Nepal ties are unbreakable, says India's Defence Minister Rajnath Singh
June 15, 2020 09:25 PM NPT
KATHMANDU, June 15: Indian Defence Minister Rajnath Singh said that any misunderstanding between India and Nepal will be sorted through dialogue.
Addressing Uttarakhand Jan Samvad virtual rally, Singh said “India-Nepal ties are not ordinary, we are bound together by ‘roti-beti’ and no power in the world can break it,” Singh was quoted by Hindustan Times as saying.
His statement comes amid diplomatic standoff between Nepal and India after India’s unilateral road construction via Lipu Lekh, a Nepali territory, last month.
However, he claimed that the road built by the Border Roads Organization (BRO) in Lipu Lekh is “very much part of the Indian territory”.
Singh’s comments came after the government of Nepal, over the weekend, got a unanimous approval of its lower house in parliament to a new map incorporating Lipu Lekh, Kalapani and Limpiyadhura.
Indian has maintained that such “artificial enlargement” of territorial claim is untenable.