Media sources state that Nepal has urged India to stop enlisting Gorkhas in the Indian Army through the recently implemented Agnipath initiative.
Foreign Minister Narayan Khadke met with India’s ambassador to Nepal, Naveen Srivastava, on Wednesday and requested that he postpone his plans to recruit Nepali youths for the new programme, according to a story in the My Republica newspaper.
Before Indian Army Chief General Manoj Pande’s planned five-day official visit to Nepal, which is set to start on September 4, the development has occurred. He will conduct in-depth meetings with Nepal’s top civil and military leaders throughout that period.
General Pande is in Nepal principally to accept the prestigious title of Honorary General of the Nepal Army from President Bidya Devi Bhandari. It has long been usual for the generals of India’s and Nepal’s armies to pay visits to one another and receive the honorary title.
Minister Khadka said during the conversation that it was crucial to hear from all parties, including the main political parties and stakeholders. “On this, the administration has not reached a final conclusion. We will return to India after a more full understanding has been gained, a government source told Indian Express.
Since a provision in the 1947 Tripartite Agreement allowing for the recruitment of Nepalese adolescents into the British and Indian Armies was included, Nepalese youths have long been enlisted in the Indian Army.
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