No plans of sub-regional group with China, Afghanistan and Pakistan, says Nepal Foreign Minister

New Delhi: Days after Foreign Ministers of four nations Nepal, Afghanistan, Pakistan and China met nearly to handle COVID-19 catastrophe, Nepal worldwide minister has dismissed any considered making a subregional group involving the four nations. 

Nepal Foreign minister Pradeep Gyawali talked about, “Virtual conference of four countries was totally focused on the cooperation amidst the COVID-19. It is unnecessary and wrong to create any other type of coordination between those countries. Nepal, Pakistan, Afghanistan are members of SAARC and China is an observer of the SAARC, we are already in a single umbrella.” 

Gyawali rejected the idea of any plan to create a sub-regional alliance. “There is no possibility, desire or plan to create another sub-regional alliance or organisation comprising of those four countries. It was purely confined on cooperation on COVID-19 pandemic,” he talked about.

During the digital meet, China known as for advancing the China-Pakistan Economic Corridor and the Trans-Himalayan Connectivity Network and likewise talked about it helps the extension of CPEC to Afghanistan. 

The Nepalese worldwide minister talked about about Kalapani, Lipulekh and Limpiyadhura concern saying his office has “time and again asked our Indian friends to formally start the diplomatic negotiation to settle these problems” nevertheless the “proposal was not responded to in a timely manner”.

He moreover known as for revisiting of the Gurkha recruitment in Indian and British Forces saying, “Gurkha recruitment is legacy of past. It was the first window open for Nepalese youths to go abroad but in the changing context some of its provisions” normally will not be required and “we should start objective discussions…Tripartite agreement of 1947 has become redundant”. 

The tripartite settlement was signed between India, UK and Nepal in 1947 on the rights of Gurkhas in military service. More than 30,000 Nepalese Gorkhas are at current serving throughout the Indian Army’s seven Gorkha Rifle regiments. 

On India-China tensions, the FM talked about, “How they manage their differences will definitely set the future of Asia, at least in this region. After Wuhan summit, the partnership between India and China deepened but nowadays, there are tensions after the Galwan clash. Though both countries are trying their best to de-escalate the tension, however it is challenging.”

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