Prime Minister Narendra Modi held delegation level talks with his Nepalese counterpart KP Sharma Oli in Kathmandu where the two leaders reiterated their commitment to take relations forward on the basis of equality and mutual trust. The two also insisted that connectivity will not only bring the two nations together but also lead to development of both the nations.
Modi underlined the role of connectivity for taking Indo-Nepal ties to new heights. He said they are not only for development of both India and Nepal but for bringing the two neighbours together.
Modi also strongly backed his Nepalese counterpart’s vision to transform the land-locked Himalayan nation into a land- and water-linked country. He highlighted that road, rail, power transmission lines are giving impetus to connectivity.
The two Prime Ministers then jointly laid the foundation stone of the 900-MW Arun III Hydroelectric Power Plant in Tumlingtar area in eastern Nepal through a remote system, saying it was one of the biggest projects in Nepal and would generate jobs.
“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,” Prime Minister Modi said, adding India supports a “united, prosperous and strong” Nepal.
Nepal’s Prime Minister Oli also expressed desire is to create a strong relationship underpinned by mutual trust so that it is not affected by any “occasional or intermittent differences that are natural between neighbours”.
“Prime Minister Modi and I have just concluded bilateral talks on the entire gamut of our relationship in an atmosphere of warm and cordiality that characterises the deep friendship and understanding between our two countries… two sides have agreed to address all matters by September 19 – Nepal’s Constitution Day,” KP Sharma Oli said.
Modi also said the agricultural ministers of the two sides will soon meet and start work on a road map for agriculture research, agricultural education and agriculture development. He hailed the three successful polls in Nepal after the promulgation of the new Constitution in 2015.
This morning, PM Modi offered prayers at Nepal’s iconic Muktinath temple that is regarded sacred by both Hindus and Buddhists, becoming the first world leader to offer prayers there.
Modi wore a Buddhist traditional red dress and carried out rituals both according to the Hindu and Buddhist tradition. After praying, he also greeted and interacted with people waiting at the temple premises.
Modi will be the first foreign guest to pay homage at the main sanctum of Muktinath temple when he offers his prayers on Saturday, Nepal Prime Minister KP Sharma Oli had said yesterday.
(With inputs from PTI)