Nepal-India discuss arms supply, security cooperation

The 11th meeting of Nepal-India Bilateral Consultative Group (BCG) on security issues has kicked off in the capital on Sunday.

The two-day joint secretary-level meeting that started at the Nepal Army headquarters is tasked with reviewing the progress made so far toward implementing all past decisions on mutual security cooperation.

The two sides also discussed possible areas of cooperation in the coming years, reads a press statement issued by the Nepal Army”s Public Relations Directorate on Sunday.

A participant of the meeting informed that the Nepali side has asked the Indian side to supply martial equipment and logistics for regular military training. The Indian side has yet to respond to the Nepali proposal, according to the participant.

The meeting discussed bilateral security concerns, including martial equipment, training and information-sharing among other things, according to the NA.

The southern neighbor stalled supply of arms and other logistics to the Nepal Army after the signing of the Comprehensive Peace Accord (CPA) in 2006. The accord signed between the government and then rebel CPN (Maoist) formally ended the Maoist insurgency. Although India has has been supplying arms and logistics to police and army in small quantities since last year, the army wants bulk supply.

The Indian side is represented by a 14-member delegation led by Joint Secretary (North) of the Indian Ministry of External Affairs, Abhay Thakur while the Nepali side has a 15-member team led by Ministry of Foreign Affairs Joint Secretary Amrit Rai. The BCG meeting takes place in Nepal or India each year alternatively. The last meeting was held in Bangalore in 2013.

Source: Republica