Meeting with Modi, the most important aspect of the India trip: Nepal’s Prime Minister

Nepalese Prime Minister Pushpa Kamal Dahal “Prachanda” said on Saturday the meeting with his counterpart Narendra Modi was “the most important aspect” of his four-day visit to India, as the two leaders signed seven agreements and launched six projects, including Railway services to further develop strengthen bilateral relations.

Prachanda visited India from May 31 to June 3, his first official trip abroad since taking office in December 2022.

At his meeting with Prime Minister Modi on Thursday, the two countries signed seven agreements and launched six projects, including new rail services.

“We have been discussing issues related to the further deepening of centuries-old close ties between Nepal and India in the coming days,” said Prachanda upon his arrival here at Tribhuvan International Airport.

“The bilateral meeting with Prime Minister Modi at Hyderabad House was the most important aspect of the visit and relations between the two countries have entered a new phase,” he said.

During the meeting, the two leaders discussed strengthening ties in various areas, according to a statement from the prime minister’s office published here.

Both Prime Ministers held extensive bilateral talks, which were characterized by traditional warmth and cordiality. During their talks, both leaders reviewed the full spectrum of the India-Nepal bilateral agenda, which included politics, economics, trade, energy, security and development cooperation, the foreign ministry said in a statement in New Delhi.

“Nepal is one of the most important partners in India’s ‘Neighborhood First’ policy. The visit of the Prime Minister of Nepal to India continues the tradition of high-level visits and exchanges between the two countries and strengthens the centuries-old ties between the two countries,” the statement said.

“The productive discussions held during the visit helped to broaden the understanding between the two countries and perspective on the broad spectrum of the bilateral agenda, providing a clear direction for further development of the deep-rooted partnership,” it said .

Among the six projects inaugurated during Prachanda’s visit are the handover of the Kurtha-Bijalpur railway line; Operation of freight railway between Jogbani in India and Biratnagar in Nepal; Groundbreaking ceremony for Bhairahawa-Sunauli Integrated Checkpoint; Inauguration of Nepalgunj-Rupaidiha Integrated Control Post; Establishment of the second phase of the construction of the Motihari-Amlekhgunj petroleum pipeline and the 400 KV Butawal-Gorakhput cross-border transmission line.

The seven agreements signed include the Nepal-India Transit Treaty; a MoU to build petroleum infrastructure; a MoU on the Dodhara-Chadani Integrated Control Post and Dry Port; a MoU to develop a 480 MW hydroelectric power project in Fukot-Karnali; 669 MW Hydropower Development Project Agreement for Lower Arun; a letter of intent on cross-border electronic payments between National Clearing House Ltd. and Nepal and National Payment Company Ltd. India and a Memorandum of Understanding between the Foreign Affairs Study Academy of Nepal and the Sushma Swaraj Foreign Service Institution, India.

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