India-Nepal ties scaled ‘new heights’ after Modi visit: Oli

RSTV Bureau

Kathmandu: Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi shakes hand with his Nepalese counterpart Khadga Prasad Oli after inspecting a joint military guard of honour in Kathmandu, Nepal, Friday, May 11, 2018. Modi began a two-day visit to Nepal Friday as the two South Asian nations work to improve relations that were strained over Indian-backed ethnic protests in Nepal in 2015.

Nepal Prime Minister K P Sharma Oli on Monday said, Oli and Prime Minister Narendra Modi have to address the “outstanding tasks” between the two countries in a time-bound manner.

Briefing Nepal’s Parliament on Prime Minister Modi’s two-day state visit, Oli said the visit has elevated bilateral ties to new heights.

“Prime Minister of India Narendra Modi ji and I have agreed, during Modi Ji’s successful state visit to Nepal, to address the outstanding tasks between the two countries in a time-bound manner,” Oli tweeted as he thanked Modi for his visit here.

India and Nepal, during Modi’s visit, agreed to address ‘all matters’ by September 19 Nepal’s Constitution Day.

Modi yesterday wrapped up his two-day visit to Nepal during which he held talks with Oli and visited the famed 20th century Janaki temple, Mukhtinath and Pashupatinath temples.

Oli also briefed Nepal’s Parliament about Modi’s visit. He said Nepal’s engagement in the Ramayan Circuit, laying the foundation stone for Arun III Hydropower Project among others, were the major achievements of the trip.

Oli said, The visit had elevated the existing relationship between the two neighbouring countries to “new heights”.

The two countries have also agreed to expedite implementation of all pending projects of bilateral cooperation by Nepal’s Constitution Day in September, said Oli adding that multiple bilateral ministerial meetings will be held.

he said, The two countries have also agreed to form a taskforce of technicians to explore possibilities of developing railways and waterways.

Oli said, They also explored methods to cut Nepal’s trade deficit with India while providing easy entry to Nepali products including ginger and cardamom, He also said he would soon pay an official visit to China but did not disclose the date of the trip.

(With inputs from Agencies)