Indian prime minister Modi in Kathmandu

Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi stressed the need for opening new chapter in Nepal-India relations

Aug. 2, 2014, 5:45 p.m. Published in Magazine Issue: Vol: 08 No. -4 July. 25- 2014 (Sharawan 9, 2071)

Indian prime minister Narendra Modi arrived at Kathmandu for his two days official visit. A special jet carrying Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi has landed at the Tribhuvan International Airport, Kathmandu.Nepalese prime minister Sushil Koirala officially welcomed Indian prime minister Modi at Tribhuwan International Airport's VVIP lounge. This is the first Nepal visit of an Indian Prime Minister in 17 years.

Altogether two jet planes landed at the TIA. Owing to security reasons, it was not made clear which plane Modi was travelling in.Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi has expressed hope that his visit would open a new chapter in India-Nepal relations.

Indian prime minister Modi said he looks forward to closer cooperation characterized by more frequent political engagement, across the full spectrum of "our extraordinarily broad-based relations, which will serve as a model and catalyst for South Asian partnership for prosperity".

"My visit reflects our shared heritage of nature, history, culture, spiritualism and religion. It highlights the high priority that my government attaches to our relations with Nepal and our determination to take our relationship to an entirely new level," said in his departure statement prior to leaving for Nepal from New Delhi,

"Modi said he would hold detailed discussions with the Nepali leadership on the entire gamut of bilateral relations. Modi further said that he would look forward to working with the leadership of Nepal to forge a new relationship for the new century between "two rapidly transforming countries."

"We will identify steps to strengthen our bilateral cooperation in key sectors, including trade and investment, hydro power, agriculture and agro-processing, environment, tourism, education, culture and sports," the statement reads. "I will also discuss with Nepali leadership and their business leaders how we can harness the full potential of the new digital age to empower and create new opportunities for the youth of the two countries."

"India-Nepal Joint Commission Meeting chaired by our respective Foreign Ministers also met recently after a long gap of 23 years and reviewed the entire gamut of our bilateral relations and cooperation with a focus on economic relations, trade and connectivity," said the statement.

The statement siad, "Nepal has made admirable progress in its peace process and political transition towards a multiparty democracy. The successful conduct of the Constituent Assembly-cum-Parliamentary elections in November 2013 is yet another tribute to the sagacity of the Nepali leadership and the people of Nepal. I am truly grateful to the people and the elected representatives of Nepal for giving me the rare honor of addressing the Parliament of Nepal."



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