Modi to hold talks with Oli to deepen bilateral ties

Prime Minister Narendra Modi

Prime Minister Narendra Modi

This is Modi's third visit to Nepal since 2014, and follows Oli's visit to India in April. "Raja Dasdhrath and Raja Janak not only tied Ayodhya and Janakpur but also India and Nepal in a bond of friendship", said Modi.

In the region which has a strong Madhesi population speaking Bhojpuri and Maithili besides Nepali, the PM praised Mithila's culture as well as the contribution of women in its progression.

On Saturday, Modi will visit Muktinath temple at the foot of the Thorong La mountain pass in Mustang district to pay obeisance and also announce a "surprise gift" for its development and reconstruction.

Modi, who began a visit to Nepal on Friday, will, with his counterpart K.P.Sharma Oli, lay a foundation of the 900 MW hydro-power project through remote control from Kathmandu.

Modi will also hold meetings with politicians from across the spectrum, including the Madhesi leadership. PM thanks Nepal and its people for the welcome accorded to him. The 69km pipeline from Motihari in Bihar to Amlekhganj in Nepal will deliver 2 million tonnes per annum of petroleum products to the fuel-starved country and will be built at a cost of around Rs200 crore.

The issue is nowhere near resolution as India is apprehensive of exchanging the entire amount given that Nepal is a big source of fake Indian currency and the possibility of the Nepal route being used by Indians to legalise their black money.

He said that India would continue to remain a steadfast partner of Government of Nepal to implement the vision of "Samriddha Nepal, Sukhi Nepali".

The prime minister exuded confidence that his visit will further cement people-centric partnership with Nepal on the basis of mutual benefit, goodwill and understanding.

SPEEDY implementation of key India-assisted projects and building trust will be among the focus areas when Prime Minister Narendra Modi travels to Nepal on Friday, a visit reflective of attempts to bring back normalcy in Indo-Nepal ties after a spell of uneasiness. "When I talk about "Sabka Saath Sabka Vikas", I not only talk about India but also about neighbouring countries", he said.

Thousands of people from Nepal and India have gathered in Janakpur to see Modi where he would be addressing the public after a civic reception. The report noted that the Kathmandu Metropolitan City Office is expected to hold a civic reception in Modi's honour.

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