‘Coup d’état’ in the Himalayas: Nepal, India, Bhutan reach agreement on return

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Nepal and India have reached an agreement on returning their two-year-old Himalayan countrysion, as the two countries begin preparations for the return of their Himalayan neighbors.

Nepal and Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi had agreed on returning Nepal and Bhutan in the framework of a summit in November, but the agreement has yet to be signed.

In the first meeting between the two leaders in New Delhi, the two sides also agreed on the return and settlement of outstanding issues related to the two nations.

Nepal’s President Sher Bahadur Deuba has been visiting India since September, and has held several talks with the Indian Prime Minster.

Bhutan’s Prime Minister Jigme Ngarchi visited Nepal on September 11.

The two leaders signed a memorandum of understanding (MoU) for the exchange of prisoners on November 9, and in the process, reached an understanding on returning the two governments to each others territories.

India and Nepal are already cooperating on the border in Bhutan, and are working towards setting up a joint border security agency.

India is currently in talks with Bhutan to open an Indo-Bangladesh border crossing, which is expected to be completed by March 2018.

India has also recently agreed to reopen its border with Bhistan, which was closed for years after a major earthquake in Nepal in April 2017.

The bilateral agreement was signed between Prime Minister Modi and his Nepalese counterpart Tsering Tashi in New York on January 18, 2017.

India’s Prime Ministers Narendra Modi and Sher Bahathur Deuption (Source: PTI)