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Modi gifted Buddha statue

IANS  |  Kathmandu 

Indian on Saturday heaped praise on at a civic reception here where he was presented a 55 kg

Addressing the function, said was ready to become a "sherpa" for the development endeavours of and a detailed project study for rail links between the Indian border and had started.

"Our goal is too far and both and are in base camp of the Mt. .. We have to reach the peak of the and we need support of a sherpa to conquer the

"As the sherpa extends support to climbers to reach the top of the Everest, will do the same to Nepal," said. "As per the need and priority of Nepal, India is all set to support it."

The Indian leader was given a Lord Buddha statue by It weighed 55 kg.

Modi called Nepal "a top priority for India's 'Neighbourhood First policy'" while praising the neighbour for its commitment towards democracy and conducting federal, provincial and local body elections.

Praising Nepal's capital, he said: "has an important place in the history of the world. It is a mixture of the ancient and the modern... as well as showcases the culture of Nepal."

He said both countries were also linked by cricket and mentioned Sandeep Lamichanne, who plays for IPL team Delhi Daredevils.



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First Published: Sat, May 12 2018. 17:44 IST