Nepal to approve a new country map

Nepal to approve a new country map
Nepal to approve a new country map

The lower house of Nepal's Parliament on Saturday approved a new map of the country, including areas disputed with India, reports Aljazeera.

Reportedly, the move signals a hardening of Nepal's position over a decades-long border dispute that has strained ties between the South Asian neighbors.

India has rejected Nepal's new map, calling it a "unilateral act" that is not based on historical facts or evidence.

The map shows a sliver of land on the northwest tip of Nepal as the Nepali territory, though India inaugurated a road connecting its northern Uttarakhand state with Lipulekh on the border with Tibet that passes through the land Nepal says belongs to it.

Prachanda, a former prime minister and chief of the ruling Nepal Communist Party, said Nepal did not want to complicate the matter and seeks a peaceful settlement.

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