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Army Chief’s Nepal Visit

Nov 18, 2020 14:30 IST

Indian Army Chief, General Manoj Mukund Naravane recently made a three-day visit to Nepal beginning November 04. Earlier, Nepal had not cleared General Naravane’s visit on February 03, 2020 reason for which was later cited as COVID-19 but the pandemic had not struck India and Nepal then. On May 05, 2020, when Defence Minister Rajnath Singh inaugurated a road to Lipulekh Pass on the watershed boundary with Tibet for Kailash-Mansarovar pilgrimage, Nepal called it territorial violation, which India rejected. Nepal’s objections coincided with Chinese incursions across the Line of Actual Control (LAC) in Ladakh and Sikkim. Thereafter on May 20, Nepal’s Prime Minister KP Sharma Oli released a new map of Nepal that included Indian areas of Lipulekh, Limpiyadhura and Kalapani areas of Pithoragah District without prior discussions with India. Nepal established new posts at Changru near Kalapani and for the first time in 70 years deployed army personnel at this border with India.