Narendra Modi accorded guard of honour, meets Nepali Foreign Minister

May 12, 2018, 07:35
Narendra Modi accorded guard of honour, meets Nepali Foreign Minister

The Indian PM's visit is being seen by experts as a bid to bring back on track bilateral ties following recent hiccups. "We are committed to support Prime Minister Oli's vision that Nepal should not be a land-locked country but a land- and water-linked nation", he said. I always want the development of our neighbours.

"We know that the regional development is connected with the development of Nepal".

Modi added, "We have evaluated the partnership between Nepal and India".

Mr Oli, who needs India - Nepal's largest trading partner - to realise his ambitious plans to kick-start economic growth, has opted for a more pragmatic approach to relations since he took office again in February.

Tripathi also said that India has not paid much attention to Nepal, whereas on the other hand China has been investing a lot. "Today, I am extremely happy and grateful that I got this opportunity".

On his arrival, Modi was presented a guard of honor at a ceremonial function at the Nepal Army Pavilion.

"I am glad to be here in Janakpur to pay respects to King Janak and Mata Janaki".

The project is moving forwards just as a Chinese proposal to build a 750 MW power plant in west Nepal has run into a roadblock.

Tracing India-Nepal relations to the "Treta Yug" (the second of the four ages of humankind, according to Hinduism), he said Ayodhya's ruler Dasharath and Janakpur's king Janak had linked not only the two kingdoms but India and Nepal.

"Historically, India-funded projects, while they seem generous, have struggled to show progress, while the Chinese do it quicker and gain on public opinion", said Kathmandu-based analyst George Varughese.

The Indian Government has identified 15 destinations in India for development under the Ramayana Circuit theme namely Ayodhya, Nandigram, Shringverpur & Chitrakoot (Uttar Pradesh), Sitamarhi, Buxar & Darbhanga (Bihar), Chitrakoot (Madhya Pradesh), Mahendragiri (Odisha), Jagdalpur (Chattisgarh), Nashik & Nagpur (Maharashtra), Bhadrachalam (Telangana), Hampi (Karnataka) and Rameshwaram (Tamil Nadu). These will enhance the mutual connectivity between the people and trade of the two countries.

This would be Modi's third visit to the neighbouring country and the first high-level meet after the new government was formed in Nepal. "This will certainly lead to effective fulfilment of the aspirations of Nepal's citizens", PM Modi tweeted. Indian PM Modi is landing in Kathmandu at 1.30 pm.

Prime Minister Modi arrived at the city of Janakpur on Friday at around 10:45 am (local time).

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