Gyawali briefs Parliament on Modi's upcoming Nepal visit

11 May, 2018, 00:50 | Author: Roderick Gutierrez
  • File A National Assembly meeting

Official sources said that during Modi's two-day visit, India will seek to consolidate relationship with the new Nepalese Government of Prime Minister K P Sharma Oli who has returned to power riding on a spectacular electoral victory and now leads a stable dispensation after years of political instability. They will be travelling to the country's historical and ancient city of Janakpur and visit Ram Janaki Temple where PM Modi will be welcomed by Nepal Prime Minister Khadga Prasad Oli.

The Prime Minister will also visit Janakpur temple.

The source cited above said that the two sides are also looking to amend the bilateral trade and transit agreement to include inland waterways, which is not included in the existing pact.

The Prime Minister will also meet leaders of two Madhesi parties in Kathmandu.

On the second day of his visit, the Prime Minister will visit historic Muktinath temple and offer prayers.

National flags of Nepal and India are placed right in front of the temple.

"The main objective of this visit is to build on the visit by Prime Minister Oli when he came in April, principally to carry forward the new initiatives we had announced at that point in time", a person familiar with the development said, adding that there would be a review of ongoing and new projects with particular focus on how to implement them.

This will be followed by a ceremonial reception.

"I hope PM Modi will apologize to Nepalis for this but don't believe it will happen", posted Sulav Karki, a Nepalese medical student.

CPN-Maoist Centre lawmaker Sudan Kiranti demanded clarity over whether locals of Bhojpur would be allocated shares of Arun-III Hydropower Project.

In 2016, Mr Oli had openly criticised India for what he called interfering in Nepal's internal matters and accused it of bringing down his government. It reflects the high priority India, and personally I attach to our age-old, close and friendly ties with Nepal'. While in keeping with tradition the newly elected Nepalese prime minister did make New Delhi his first port of call early last month, he was quick to remind the Indian leadership that it needs to begin delivering "sincerely" on infrastructure projects like the Pancheshwar dam.

The sources said there may be an announcement on the proposed Ramayan circuit, under which fifteen destinations like Ayodhya, Nandigram, Shringverpur and Chitrakoot will be developed to promote religious tourism.



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