While Oli is in favour of a revision, he said last year that the tripartite pact “was very old and did not serve our current needs”. The 1947 agreement between India, Nepal and the United Kingdom, which deals with the military service of Gorkha soldiers, has become “superfluous,” Nepalese Foreign Minister Pradeep Kumar Gyawali said on Friday. The agreement applies to the 3500 Gurkhas who serve in the British Army and nearly 40,000 Gurkhas in the Indian Army. It does not apply to Gurkhas in the Nepal Army. The 1947 agreement divided the Gorkha regiments of the British Empire between India and the United Kingdom. He also assured that Gorkha soldiers from Nepal, while serving in the British army, will enjoy benefits and privileges equivalent to their colleagues. However, gorkha veterans claimed that the UK had discriminated against them. M. Gyawali did not set out the specific terms Nepal wishes to discuss with India gorkha soldiers in the Indian army.
Last year, in December, Nepal said it wanted to review a military agreement allowing its citizens to be admitted to the British army. Gyawali had said the Nepalese government should also be part of the recruitment process and added that the deal should also take into account other issues such as pensions and other benefits, as they are not on an equal footing with their British counterparts. “We wish to propose formal discussions to review the tripartite agreement and address concerns about complaints from Gurkha veterans,” the ministry said. “The Ministry would like the UK Embassy to be able to consult with the relevant UK authorities to discuss these issues and work out the details together, including team building on both sides.” New Delhi: Nepalese Foreign Minister Pradeep Gyawali called Gurkha`s recruitment a legacy of the past and called the 1947 tripartite agreement superfluous and said some provisions were questionable in the changed context. Nepal`s formal request for a review comes months after Prime Minister KP Sharma Oli first addressed the issue during his meeting in London last June with then-British Prime Minister Theresa May. After the meeting between Oli and May, Foreign Minister Pradeep Gyawali said Nepal had proposed a revision of the agreement, to which May responded “positively”. However, a joint statement issued after the meeting did not mention that Oli had raised the issue. .
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