Kathmandu, Jun 13 : Nepal's Prime Minister KP Sharma Oli has proposed a review of the 1947 tripartite agreement between Nepal, India and Britain during his meeting with outgoing British Prime Minister Theresa May, according to Foreign Minister Pradeep Gyawali.
However, a statement issued by a spokesperson for the British prime minister made no mention of Oli’s proposal, adding to the confusion of agitating Gurkha veterans who have long been demanding equal pay, said a report in The Kathmandu Post on Wednesday.
The statement from 10 Downing Street said that the British prime minister “stressed the important role of the Gurkhas, who continue to serve in the British Armed Forces with honour and distinction” while welcoming the strength of relations between the two countries. May’s office also noted that formal ties have endured for more than 200 years.
Speaking with reporters in London after the meeting between Oli and May, Gyawali said that Prime Minister Oli had proposed a review of the tripartite pact, considered the crux of bilateral ties between the two countries.
The 1947 tripartite agreement between Nepal, India and Britain assures that all perks, remuneration, facilities and pension schemes for Nepalis serving in the British and Indian armies will be equal to those of British and Indian nationals.
However, Gurkha veterans have long alleged that Britain has put in place discriminatory policies in remuneration. (UNI)