Published: Sun, April 08, 2018
Global Media | By Derrick Guzman

PM Modi meets Nepalese counterpart OP Oli

PM Modi meets Nepalese counterpart OP Oli

On the occasion, the duo discussed issues of mutual interests and strengthening bilateral relations between Nepal and India, Secretary at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs Shankardas Bairagi said. "So, we both agree that we have to move ahead with the hopes and expectations of a public-centered vision, the common goals of development, and the happiness and prosperity of the people of both the countries", Modi said in the media statement after the talks. He said adding that the two countries have agreed to expedite implementation of all connectivity projects.

India and Nepal on Saturday sought to turn the page on an acrimonious phase in bilateral ties over the Himalayan nation's 2015 constitution with new "game-changing" initiatives in connectivity, trade and agriculture between the two neighbours.

The President said that India values its economic and development partnership with Nepal.

Talking about discussions on defence and security issues, Modi said India and Nepal have close and deep connection on the matters of defence and security. PM Oli also met President Ram Nath Kovind and Prime Minister Narendra Modi during the ceremonial welcome. New Delhi needs to realise that Nepal is no longer the weakling that used to allow India to boss over it and be browbeaten.

Another official said Prime Minister Oli is expected to assure India that it will not allow its soil to be used against neighbours.

Oli was received by Home Minister Rajnath Singh in the national capital on Friday. Taking cognizance of their geographies and noting the development of inland waterways in both countries, the two Prime Ministers took the landmark decision to develop the inland waterways for the movement of cargo, within the framework of trade and transit arrangements, providing additional access to sea for Nepal. PM Modi is also willing to revise the 1950 Treaty of Peace and Friendship between India and Nepal.

"Friendship is very important". We have developed our friendship according to time with a objective to eradicate poverty, improve living standards.

The Partnership will be anchored by the Ministers for Agriculture of the two countries. We want to create a model relationship. But within months, Nepali Congress leader Sher Bahadur Deuba had taken over from Prachanda as Prime Minister, and by November he had cancelled the dam project, saying the agreement to build it had been done in an "irregular and thoughtless manner". This ICP will be the new highway of centuries-old geographical, historical, social, economic and cultural relations between India and Nepal.

Oli, his wife Radika Shakya and a 54-member high-level delegation arrived on Friday on a three-day state visit.

This is Oli's first foriegn trip after returning to power for the second term in February.

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