Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Monday held bilateral talks with his Nepalese counterpart Sher Bahadur Deuba – in Lumbini, the birthplace of Gautam Buddha – to discuss ways to strengthen ongoing cooperation and develop new areas of multilateral bilateral partnership. Modi, who is in the Himalayan country at the invitation of Deubar on a day-long visit to Lumbini on the occasion of Buddha Purnima, met Deubar after praying at the holy Maya Devi temple here.
“Prime Minister Narendra Modi has held bilateral talks with Prime Minister Shervidev in Lumbini. The opportunity to strengthen ongoing cooperation and develop new areas in our multifaceted partnership, ”tweeted Foreign Ministry (MEA) spokesperson Arindam Bagchi. Ahead of his visit, Modi said the purpose of his visit to Nepal was to deepen the “time-honored” relationship between the two countries, and that the two sides would continue to build a shared understanding to expand relations in multiple areas, including hydropower. And connection.
“Our relationship with Nepal is unique. The cultural and people-to-people contacts between India and Nepal form the lasting foundation of our close relationship, ”Modi said in his departure statement. Modi said he was looking forward to meeting Deuba after their “productive” talks during his visit to India last month.
Their discussions will focus on further expansion of cooperation in multiple areas, including hydropower and connectivity. Following the Modi-Deuba talks, the two countries are expected to exchange some memoranda of understanding on cultural and educational cooperation. This is the fifth visit of the Prime Minister to Nepal since 2014 Modi and his entourage arrived here in a special Indian Air Force helicopter From Kushinagar, Uttar Pradesh.
Foreign Secretary Binoy Mohan Quatra said on Friday that there would be a broader agenda to further expand cooperation in Modi’s talks with Deuba. Landlocked Nepal relies heavily on India for transportation of goods and services. Nepal’s access to the sea is through India, and it imports a major proportion of its needs from and through India. The Indo-Nepal Peace and Friendship Treaty of 1950 laid the foundation for special relations between the two countries.