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PM Modi, Oli seek to reset Indo-Nepal ties after bilateral talks

I have come to India with an aim to enhance our relations to newer heights commensurate with the realities of the 21st century, says K P Oli

Press Trust of India  |  New Delhi 

Prime Minister Narendra Modi shakes hands with his Nepalese counterpart Khadga Prasad Oli during the inauguration of India-Nepal petroleum products pipeline and the Integrated Check Post (ICP), at Hyderabad House, in New Delhi. (Photo: PTI)
Prime Minister Narendra Modi shakes hands with his Nepalese counterpart Khadga Prasad Oli during the inauguration of India-Nepal petroleum products pipeline and the Integrated Check Post (ICP), at Hyderabad House, in New Delhi. (Photo: PTI)

Trying to reset the bilateral ties, Prime Minister and his Nepalese counterpart K P Sharma Oil on Saturday held wide-ranging talks and agreed to step up two-way engagement in key areas of defence and security, connectivity, trade and agriculture.

After the talks, Prime Minister said India will always stand by Nepal in its quest for all-round growth, asserting that deeper cooperation between the neighbours will strengthen democracy in Nepal.

On his part, Oli, who is seen a leader who wants to develop a closer relationship with China, said his government wants to build a strong edifice of "trust-based" relationship between the two nations.

"I have come to India with an aim to enhance our relations to newer heights commensurate with the realities of the 21st century," he said.

Known for his pro-China stance, 65-year-old Oli had taken charge as Nepal's PM in February for a second time. He had earlier served as the Nepal's prime minister from 2015 to 2016 during which Kathmandu's ties with New Delhi had strained.

In a press statement to media along with Oli, Modi said the Nepalese PM's vision for a "prosperous Nepal and developed Nepal" was in sync with his vision of "sabka sath sabka vikas' (together with all, development for all).

Modi also hailed successful conduct of and provincial polls in Nepal and complimented its people for reposing their faith in the democracy.

The prime minister said India will continue to support Nepal according to that country's priorities, adding both sides have agreed to expedite all connectivity projects.

 

Prime Minister of India, Narendra Modi, and Prime Minister of Nepal, K.P. Sharma Oli, launched the ground-breaking ceremony of India-Nepal petroleum products pipeline from Motihari to Amlekhgunj through live-streaming at Hyderabad House in New Delhi
Prime Minister of India, Narendra Modi, and Prime Minister of Nepal, K.P. Sharma Oli, launched the ground-breaking ceremony of India-Nepal petroleum products pipeline from Motihari to Amlekhgunj through live-streaming at Hyderabad House in New Delhi

Modi also said the two countries agreed on laying a new railway line to link Kathmandu with India.

The prime minister said both sides will enhance defence and security ties.

"We have strong relations when it comes to the aspect of security. We will work together to stop misuse of our open border," Modi said.

Oli also invited Modi to visit Nepal.

"I invited to pay a visit to Nepal at the earliest convenient time, I am hopeful that the visit will take place soon," he said.

Modi said there has been a long history of India's contribution towards Nepal's development and that he has assured Oli that it will continue.

He said India will also help Nepal to link the country with waterways, adding both sides will also boost ties in areas of agriculture.

The Nepalese prime minister said his country needs support from its friends adding "relations among neighbours is different from other relations. This is based on mutual respect."


Oli arrived here yesterday on a three-day visit, his first overseas tour after taking charge as Nepal's PM for the second term.

Oli, who had publicly criticised New Delhi for interfering in Nepal's internal matters and accused it of toppling his government, after his sweeping poll victory said his party would forge a partnership with India to move forward the country towards the path of economic prosperity.

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First Published: Sat, April 07 2018. 17:45 IST
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