No arms deal with India: Nepal Defense Minister

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Kathmandu, Aug 7 (ANI): Nepal Defense Minister Bidhya Bhandari who returned to Kathmandu from New Delhi refuted any agreement with the Indian government regarding the import of arms.

"There is no agreement on arms. But the country can import arms from neighbouring countries whenever there is a need," she told reporters upon her arrival at the Tribhuvan International Airport here on Thursday.

She said her visit was primarily for smoothening the relations between the two countries in the arms sector.

While admitting that the Indian side was positive about furthering arms aid to Nepal, she denied that any agreements have been concluded with India regarding arms import.

"The detailed discussion on resumption of the Indian military aid will take place during Prime Minister Madhav Kumar Nepal's upcoming India visit," she added.

The Unified CPN (Maoist) has been accusing the government of breaching the Comprehensive Peace Agreement by signing the arms deal with India, Nepalnews reported. (ANI)

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