May 11, 2020
Minister for Foreign Affairs Pradeep Gyawali has handed over a diplomatic note to the Indian ambassador to Nepal Vinay Mohan Kwatra, expressing dissatisfaction over Lipu Lekh issue.
At a meeting held at the Foreign Ministry on Monday, Minister Gyawali made clear Nepal’s stand on Lipu Lekh issue and that the Nepal Government was upset about the road building on Nepalese Territory.
MoFA in its statement had said that the Government of Nepal has consistently maintained that as per Sugauli Treaty (1816), all the territories east of Kali (Mahakali) River, including Limpiyadhura, Kalapani and Lipu Lekh, belonged to Nepal. Nepal Government had also handed over a similar diplomatic note to the Government of India dated November 20, 2019, over the new political map issued by Indian Government.
Mansarovar in China is a major religious destination for Hindu devotees.
Thus, the Lipu Lekh episode is to extort money through religious tourism, and since India doesn’t have a direct connectivity; Nepal’s territory has been used for linking road.