Road row: As Army Chief sees hand of third party, Nepal threatens action

By: Express News Service | New Delhi |

Updated: May 16, 2020 1:56:23 am





Army Chief General M M Naravane. (File Photo)

India AND nepal engaged in a war of words on Friday over India’s road to Lipulekh Pass.

Army Chief General M M Naravane said “there is reason to believe” that Nepal’s recent objection was “at the behest of someone else”, hinting at China’s possible role. Hitting back, Nepal’s President Bidhya Devi Bhandari asserted that “Lipulekh, Limpiadhura and Kalapani are an integral part of nepal and concrete diplomatic steps will be taken to reclaim them”.

Presenting her government’s policies and programmes at a joint session of Parliament, Bhandari said they would issue a new political map incorporating these areas.

In New Delhi, speaking at a webinar organised by the Manohar Parrikar Institute for Defence Studies and Analyses (MP-IDSA), Naravane said: “In fact, the Nepalese Ambassador has mentioned that the area east of the Kali river belongs to them. There is no dispute in that whatsoever. The road which we made is in fact to the west of the river.

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