POKHARA: The ninth meeting of Nepal-India Bilateral Consultative Groups on Security issues got underway in Pokhara on Thursday.
It is learnt that the Nepali side will request India to continue the military support as agreed in the earlier meeting held in India in the meeting. India has stopped providing weapons to Nepal following the downfall of the Panchayati Regime. The meeting is also expected to mull over this issue, a member privy to the meeting said.
The Indian side is likely to raise the issues related to Indian counterfeit currencies being smuggled to India via the land of Nepal, sources informed. As many as 18 officials from Foreign Ministry, Home Ministry and Defence Minstry representing Nepal and nine officials representing India are participating in the meeting.
The meeting, which began at Hotel Fewa Prince at Kudhar in Pokhara early today morning, has been participated by Dipak Dhital, Joint Secretary at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs from Nepal while Joint Secretary of India’s External Affairs Akhilesh Mishra, is participating from the Indian side.
Talking to the media persons, Dhital said that the three-day meeting will dwell on the Indian assistance, exchange of information on crimes and terrorism. The discussion will concentrate on how to contain the criminal activities taking place across the porous borders between the two countries, Dhital added.