India-Nepal relations soured when Defense Minister Rajnath Singh inaugurated a strategically important road in Uttarakhand on 8 May last year.
Chief of Defense Staff (CDS) General Bipin Rawat
Nepal Army Will Invite CDS General Bipin Rawat: The Nepal Army will soon invite the Chief of Defense Staff (CDS) of India, General Bipin Rawat, for an official visit. Sources have given information about this. The headquarters of the Nepali army has told that the Nepal government has given permission for this visit. Army Public Relations Department said, Nepal’s cabinet has approved the proposal of the Nepalese Army to call General Bipin Rawat on an official visit.
Nepal Army spokesman Brigadier General Santosh Ballav Poudyal said that the two countries are working together on the date of this visit. This invitation will be sent to Bipin Rawat either through diplomatic or military means. He said, this visit is only a part of regular visits of the high officials of the army of Nepal and India. Earlier, when General Bipin Rawat was the army chief, he had also visited Nepal twice. At the same time, India’s current army chief MM Narwane also visited Nepal in November last year.
When did stress begin?
India-Nepal relations had soured when Defense Minister Rajnath Singh inaugurated a strategically important road in Uttarakhand on 8 May last year. This 80 km long road connects Lipulekh Pass with Dharchula. Nepal had opposed the inauguration of the road, claiming that the road passes through its territory (India Nepal Conflict Reason). A few days later, Nepal released a new map, in which it showed Lipulekh, Kalapani and Limpiyadhara as its territory.
Nepali parliament approved the map
At the same time, India released a new political map in the month of November 2019, in which it has shown these three areas in its territory. After Nepal’s new map was released, India reacted sharply and described it as ‘unilateral activity’. Also warned Kathmandu that such regional claims will not be accepted (India Nepal Tensions). Then in the month of June, the Parliament of Nepal approved a new map of the country, which shows the areas which come under the territory of India. In response to this, India had said that such steps of Nepal are violating the understanding between the two countries to resolve border issues through dialogue.
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