Harsh Vardhan Shringla, India’s Foreign Secretary said that the launch of RuPay in Nepal is a significant move to enhance financial linkages between the two countries. He further added, “It is expected to facilitate bilateral tourist flows, strengthen people to people linkage”.
Nepal’s Prime Minister Sher Bahadur Deuba met his Indian counterpart Narendra Modi and inaugurated the Himalayan nation’s only railway link with its southern neighbor on Saturday in a summit meant to deepen relations between India and Nepal. This is Deuba’s first trip to India since he became the prime minister in July. He comes to India after a week’s visit by Chinese Foreign Minister Wang Yi to Nepal.
Prime Minister Narendra Modi said the introduction of the RuPay card in Nepal will add a new chapter to our financial connectivity. “Other projects like Nepal Police Academy, Integrated Check Post in Nepalganj, Ramayana Circuit, etc. will also bring the two countries closer”.
Indian Foreign Secretary Harsh Vardhan Siringla stated that there was a general understanding that the boundary issue between India and Nepal needed to be addressed responsibly through talks and its political side should be avoided. Deuba in his statement to the media said that said the boundary issue was discussed and he urged Modi to resolve it through the establishment of a bilateral mechanism.
Shringla added that “The issue was briefly discussed. There was a general understanding from both the sides, which was addressed responsibly through discussion and dialogue in the spirit of our close and friendly relations, and politicization of such issues needs to be avoided”.
Ties between India and Nepal came under severe strain after Nepal published a new political map in 2020 that showed the three Indian territories – Limpiyadhura, Kalapani, and Lipulekh – as part of Nepal. India reacted sharply, calling it a “unilateral act” and cautioning Kathmandu that such “artificial enlargement” of territorial claims will not be acceptable to it.
Shringla visited Nepal in November 2020 to reset the ties. Shringla’s trip was followed by a visit to India by then Nepalese foreign minister Pradeep Kumar Gyawali.