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The group formed in 1997 consists of Bangladesh, Bhutan, India, Nepal, Sri Lanka, Myanmar and Thailand.
Reports that Nepal would take part in Sagarmatha Friendship-2, another scheduled joint anti-terror military exercise with China, stoked controversy
They said Nepal's Gen.Thapa conveyed to the Indian Army his inability to attend the conclave as he has prior engagements including ceremonial events to attend in his country, the sources said.
According to the Kathmandu Post, although three Nepal Army officials are already in Pune, the participation of the full squad is now in doubt following the controversy.
Bangladesh's prime minister and Myanmar's president sat at the same table but did not discuss the Rohingya crisis that divides them, Nepal's foreign minister Pradeep Kumar Gyawali said.
India is also considering five other cross-border railway lines with Nepal to ease connectivity and boost bilateral trade.
India on Thursday asserted that the fourth BIMSTEC Summit being held here will have 'landmark' achievements for the regional grouping.
The two leaders met in the Nepalese capital, Kathmandu, on the sidelines of the 4th Bay of Bengal Initiative for Multi-Sectoral Technical and Economic Cooperation (BIMSTEC) Summit.
'The BIMSTEC nations not only share strong diplomatic relations with Idia and each other but are also strongly connected by civilization, history,' Modi said.
In his opening remarks at the inaugural session, Nepal Prime Minister KP Sharma Oli said the success of the regional grouping will depend on uninterrupted connectivity.
In a statement before leaving for Nepal for the two-day summit, Modi said he will interact with the leaders of Bangladesh, Bhutan, Myanmar, Sri Lanka and Thailand on the margins of the summit.
Prime Minister will be interacting with various nation heads during the Summit.
Participation in BIMSTEC summit in Kathmandu symbolises India's highest priority to neighbourhood: PM Narendra Modi
The Bay of Bengal Initiative for Multi-Sectoral Technical and Economic Cooperation is an international organisation of seven nations of South Asia and South East Asia.
Prime Minister Narendra Modi will be among the leaders who will attend the 4th BIMSTEC Summit, whose theme is 'Towards a peaceful, prosperous and sustainable Bay of Bengal region'.
Set up in 1997 as an attempt to forge sectoral connectivity among states along the Bay of Bengal region, the organization now includes seven nations.