Prime Minister Modi said the purpose of his visit to Nepal was to deepen the ‘dignified’ relationship of the time

India’s relations with Nepal are “incomparable”, Prime Minister Narendra Modi said on Sunday, a day before a visit to neighboring Lumbini on the occasion of Buddha Purnima.

In a statement, Modi said he was looking forward to meeting Nepalese Prime Minister Sher Bahadur Deuba again during their “productive” talks during his visit to India last month.

He said the two sides would build on a shared understanding to expand cooperation in multiple areas, including hydropower, development and connectivity.

“Our relationship with Nepal is unparalleled. The cultural and people-to-people contacts between India and Nepal form the lasting foundation of our close relationship,” Modi said in his exit statement.

“The purpose of my visit is to celebrate and deepen these time-honored connections that have developed over the centuries and are recorded in the long history of our reunion,” he said.

The Prime Minister is going on a day-long visit to Lumbini on Monday on the occasion of Buddha Purnima. This will be the Prime Minister’s fifth visit to Nepal since 2014.

“I look forward to praying at the Mayadevi temple on the auspicious occasion of Buddha Jayanti. I am honored to be able to follow in the footsteps of millions of Indians to pay homage to the birthplace of Lord Buddha,” Modi said.

Modi and Deuba will hold talks in Lumbini, focusing on further expansion of cooperation in a number of areas, including hydropower and connectivity.

“After our fruitful discussions during our visit to India last month, I look forward to meeting Prime Minister Deuba again,” Modi said.

“We will build on our shared understanding to expand cooperation in multiple areas, including hydropower, development and connectivity.”

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