Nepal India EPG’s third meet begins in Kathmandu

Published On: April 5, 2017 10:55 AM NPT

KATHMANDU, April 5:  The third meeting of the Members of the Eminent Persons Group(EPG) from Nepal and India has started on Wednesday in Kathmandu.

The members of EPG representing Nepali side include Dr Bhekh Bahadur Thapa, Nilamber Acharya, Rajan Bhattarai and Surya Nath and Upadhyay whereas  Bhagat Singh Koshyari, Jayant Prasad, BC Upreti and Mahendra P. Lama  are representing Indian side.

The third meeting of Nepal-India EPG had been put off two times in the past.

The EPG has already decided to revise all the bilateral agreements and arrangements between the two countries starting with the 1950 treaty.

An agreement on establishing the EPG was reached in 2011 and the two countries agreed to prepare its terms of reference in 2014, when Indian External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj was in Kathmandu to attend a meeting of the Nepal-India Joint Commission.

The formation of Nepal-India EPG is based on the assumption that the bilateral agreements inked between the two countries since the 1950s need to be replaced, updated, or scrapped based on their relevance and irrelevance in a new context.


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