Spokesperson for the Ministry of External Affairs (MEA), Raveesh Kumar, said on Thursday that India's new map published last November fully depicts its sovereign territory and has not revised its border with Nepal.
He claimed to be asked if Prime Minister Narendra Modi had discussed the issue of the Kalapani border with his Nepal counterpart KP Sharma Oli during their Wednesday telephone conversation.
Modi had a telephone conversation with top leaders from Bhutan, Sri Lanka, Bangladesh, Nepal and the Maldives on Wednesday, during which he sent them greetings for the New Year.
In addition, discussions were also conducted during the telephone conversations about cooperation between the countries.
Speaking to media on Thursday, Kumar said, “Our map accurately depicts the sovereign territory of India. The new map has in no manner revised our boundary with Nepal.”
He also said that the Kalapani border issue between India and Nepal would be solved soon through a friendly dialogue between the two countries.
It may be mentioned that India and Nepal have been at loggerheads following Jammu & Kashmir and Ladakh's declaration as two of their separate union territories following the previous release of fresh maps.
As part of the country, the fresh maps showed the Kalapani area.
Nepal then hit India arguing that the historic Kalapani area belongs to the former and accusing the latter of "unlawfully occupying" its territory.
"The government of Nepal firmly believes the Kalapani is part of Nepal," said Nepal's Foreign Ministry in a statement.
India said, however, that Kalapani was always part of India.
Senior political leaders in Nepal, including former Prime Minister Baburam Bhattarai, had previously said that Oli should take up the issue with his Indian counterpart Narendra Modi and seek to resolve the issue by setting up a political commission.
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