Prime Minister Narendra Modi arrived in Nepal this morning on a two-day state visit that will give further impetus to bilateral relations between the two countries. This is his third visit to Nepal in four years. The focus of the visit is to create convergence on many issues including economic cooperation and connectivity.
Nepal’s Defence Minister Ishwar Pokhrel and Province 2 Chief Minister Lalbabu Raut received Prime Minister Modi at the airport.
The Prime Minister’s visit began from Janakpur, considered to be the birth place of Lord Rama’s wife Sita. After the formal welcome, Modi and his Nepalese counterpart KP Sharma Oli visited the Janaki temple. Here, the two leaders flagged-off Janakpur-Ayodhya bus service with a view to create the Ramayana circuit between India and Nepal.
Ahead of his visit, the prime minister tweeted that the visit reflects the high priority that India attaches to friendly relations with Nepal.
He also said as Nepal enters a new era of consolidating the gains of a democracy and achieving economic growth, India remains a steadfast partner of the Nepal Government to implement their vision of ‘Samriddha Nepal, Sukhi Nepali.
A public felicitation of Prime Minister Modi will also be held in the Burha Bigha ground. This is organised by the local provincial government led by the Madheshi Morcha and Nepal’s central government. The gesture is aimed at any dispelling any misgivings on the issue of Madheshis between the two countries.
Later in the day, the two leaders will have one to one and delegation level talks in Kathamandu. Both are expected to review ongoing projects and discuss future cooperation in hydro electricity, agriculture technology and research, besides the rail link between Kathmandu and Raxaul.
On the second day of his journey on Saturday Prime Minister Narendra Modi will visit Muktinath Temple in the Himalayas and Pashupati Nath Temple in Kathmandu.
He will also meet Nepal’s president, vice president, and other political leaders including former prime minister of Nepal to create consensus among political parties of Nepal about future of bilateral relations.
(With inputs from Akhilesh Suman)