Nepal`s official request for a review comes months after KP Prime Minister Sharma Oli first raised the issue when she met With Theresa May, then British Prime Minister in London, in June. After the meeting between Oli and May, Foreign Minister Pradeep Gyawali said Nepal had proposed a review of the agreement, to which May had responded « positively. » However, a joint statement issued after the meeting did not mention that Oli had raised the issue. In its march 15, 2019 report, the House of Representatives committee ordered the Nepalese government to address the tripartite agreement and the issue of Gurkha veterans with the British government as a priority. A new agreement should also address Gurkha`s complaints, such as pensions and other benefits, which retired soldiers say are not on an equal footing with their British counterparts, Gyawali added. Mr. Gyawali said prime minister K. P. Sharma Oli had asked the UK to turn the deployment of the troops into a bilateral agreement with the United Kingdom, indicating the end of the agreement. At Mr.
Oli`s request, Nepal had written to the United Kingdom to verify its engagement with London to ensure the prospects of Gorkha`s soldiers. « This issue was also discussed last year between the Prime Ministers of Nepal and the United Kingdom in London, as well as the need for a timely review of the 1947 tripartite agreement, » the letter says. « The ministry recalls that the two Prime Ministers had an exchange of views on continuing discussions to address these issues. » On 12 February, the Department of Foreign Affairs sent a letter to London in which it sought to review the tripartite agreement. The 1947 agreement between India, Nepal and the United Kingdom on the military service of Gorkha soldiers has become « redundant, » Nepalese Foreign Minister Pradeep Kumar Gyawali said on Friday. After India`s independence, the recruitment of Gurkha soldiers was organized as part of the 1947 tripartite agreement between Nepal, India and Great Britain. The agreement also paved the way for the distribution between India and Great Britain of existing Gurkha brigades serving in British India. Thus, the 2nd, 6th, 7th and 10th Gurkha rifles were part of the British Army after India`s independence, the rest being retained by independent India.