Visit to Nepal intended to further deepen ‘time-honoured’ linkages: PM Narendra Modi

Prime Minister Narendra Modi said that both sides will continue to build on the shared understanding to expand cooperation in several areas, including in hydropower, development and connectivity.

Prime Minister Narendra Modi said that both sides will continue to build on the shared understanding to expand cooperation in several areas, including in hydropower, development and connectivity.

India’s ties with Nepal are “unsurpassed”, said Prime Minister Narendra Modi on May 15, a day before his visit to Lumbini in the neighboring country on the occasion of Buddha Purnima.

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

The Prime Minister said that both sides will continue to build on the shared understanding to expand cooperation in several areas, including in hydropower, development and connectivity.

“Our ties with Nepal are unmatched. The civilizational and people-to-people contacts between India and Nepal are the lasting building of our close relationship,” Modi said in his resignation.

“My visit is intended to celebrate and further deepen these long-standing connections that have been nurtured over the centuries and recorded in our long history of confusion,” Modi said.

The Prime Minister will pay a day-long visit to Lumbini on 16 May 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 follow in the footsteps of millions of Indians to show reverence for the sacred site of the birth of Lord Buddha,” Modi said.

Mr Modi and Mr Deuba will hold talks in Lumbini with a focus on further expanding cooperation in several areas, including hydropower and connectivity.

“I also look forward to meeting Prime Minister Deuba again after our productive discussions during his visit to India last month,” Modi said.

“We will continue to build on our shared understanding to expand cooperation in several areas, including in hydropower, development and connectivity,” the Prime Minister added.

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