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KATHMANDU: The first meeting of the Eminent Persons Group (EPG) comprising diplomats from both Nepal and India has finalised for future discussions five issues, including the 1950 Indo-Nepal Treaty of Peace and Friendship signed between the two neighbours — often termed by Nepal as “mother of all treaties” with India
The five issues finalised for future discussions by the two-day meeting here of the Eminent Persons Group-Nepal-India Relations (EPG-NIR) include bilateral political ties, government-to-government relations, economic exchanges, developmental cooperation and social and cultural aspects of the India-Nepal relations.
On Tuesday, the eight-member EPG-NIR, which comprises four members from each country, agreed to review all aspects of bilateral ties, said Bhekh Bahadur Thapa, EPG co-chair from the Nepal side.
Between them, Narendra Modi and Sushma Swaraj, who love to call others “anti-national”, have succeeded in demolishing the bulwark of India’s security on its northern borders.
That bulwark was militarily strategic, but essentially predicated upon such a warm relationship with Nepal as to make them want to prioritize their relationship with India rather than play us off against the Chinese. While the post-Independence period has witnessed many ups and downs in this endeavor, we have largely succeeded maintaining an even keel with our northern neighbour. That equilibrium has been permanently deranged as a result of the vulgar muscularity the Modi-Swaraj duo deployed against Nepal’s sovereignty and the basic economic needs of her people when Nepal’s Constituent Assembly was moving virtually unanimously towards adopting a constitution after seven long years of persistent effort.