Govt to discuss demands of ex-Gurkha soldiers with UK

Published On: October 24, 2016 02:10 AM NPT By: Chiran Sharma  | @chiranuk

LONDON, Oct 23: Nepal government will hold a formal talk with the British government regarding the demands of the retired Nepali Gurkha soldiers.

The Nepali Embassy in London said that a committee headed by Nepali ambassador Durga Bahadur Subedi has been formed proposing a formal talks regarding the demands of retired Gurkha soldiers who are in a fight for pensions parity with their British counterparts.

According to the spokesperson at the embassy, Sharadraj RN, the government has assigned envoy Subedi to create an environment for trilateral talks. He added that the Ministry of Foreign Affairs (MoFA) has already written to the British Ministry of Defense and Foreign Ministry.

“The British government has already received a formal letter from the Nepal government. We hope for a trilateral meeting at the soonest. Although we are yet to hear from them, we are hopeful of talks with the Ministry of Defense next week,” he said.

Meanwhile, the Gurkha Satyagraha Joint Struggle Committee has welcomed the initiative for trilateral talks. Campaigner Gyanraj Rai of Gurkha movement welcomed the initiative.

“The British government has done injustice to former Gurkha servicemen repeatedly. There is pension disparity between the Gurkha servicemen retiring before and after 1997," he said.

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