Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Friday embarked on a two-day visit to Nepal, aimed at further cementing India’s people-centric partnership with the neighbouring country.
This will be Mr Modi’s third visit to Nepal as Prime Minister.
In a statement on Thursday, prior to his departure to Kathmandu, the Prime Minister had said the visit reflects the high priority India attached to its age-old, close and friendly ties with Nepal.
‘It reflects the high priority India, and personally I attach to our age-old, close and friendly ties with Nepal,’ the PM said.
Last month, Nepalese Prime Minister KP Sharma Oli had visited India and extended an invitation to Mr Modi to pay a visit to Nepal.
The PM said these high-level and regular interactions reflect his government’s commitment to the ‘Neighbourhood First’ policy, in consonance with the motto of ‘SabkaSaath, SabkaVikas’.
‘Together, our two countries have completed several bilateral connectivity and development projects in the last few years, and have initiated transformational initiatives for the benefit of our two peoples,’ the PM said.
During the Prime Minister’s visit to Nepal, he will hold wide ranging discussions with Nepalese PM Oli.
‘Prime Minister Oli and I will have the opportunity to take forward our recent wide-ranging discussions in New Delhi on issues of mutual interest, and to advance our cooperative partnership across diverse sectors,’ said the Prime Minister.
The Prime Minister will also visit Janakpur temple. His Nepalese counterpart is also expected to accompany him.
During his visit, he will also meet with several political leaders in Nepal to discuss how to further strengthen the ties between both the nations.
‘I am looking forward to meeting the political leaders and friends in Nepal. I am confident that my visit will further cement our people-centric partnership with Nepal on the basis of mutual benefit, goodwill and understanding,’ Mr Modi added.
During Mr Oli’s visit, both sides had vowed to step up the overall engagement and take the relationship to newer heights on the basis of “equality, mutual trust and respect”