Nepal, China to carry out joint border monitoring
Kathmandu: There will be a joint border monitoring between Nepal and China. Border affairs officials of the two countries have agreed on the same.
In a virtual meeting on border matters held on July 14, it was agreed to monitor the border under the leadership of the head of the North East Asia Division of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Nepal and the Head of the Department of Border and Maritime Affairs of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of China.
Since joint border inspection between Nepal and China has not taken place for a long time, it has been agreed to proceed with this work through mutual consultation, said Sewa Lamsal, spokesperson of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs.
Lamsal shared that a report will be prepared jointly on the issues observed and monitored. “A modality for such monitoring is yet to be prepared and based on it an integrated framework will be prepared for where and how to go and where to monitor,” said Lamsal at a regular press briefing held at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs.
According to an agreement reached between Nepal and China in 1963, the border should be monitored and updated every 10 years. However, it has not been done regularly. Spokesperson Lamsal also shared that there has been an agreement on the two-way opening of the Kerung-Rasuwagadhi transit point and the one-way opening of the Hilsa border point by adopting the necessary health standards related to Covid-19.
Likewise, the 10th meeting of the Trade Facilitation Committee established in Tibet between Nepal and China was held on July 18. During the meeting construction of physical infrastructure at the border crossing, facilitation of bilateral trade, foreign investment, development of trade infrastructure, transportation facilities, as well as simplification of customs procedures, and the timely completion of the Timure Dry Port in Rasuwa under-construction with Chinese assistance were discussed.