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India ready to be 'Sherpa' to help Nepal scale mountain of success:Modi

Press Trust of India  |  Kathmandu 

is ready to be the 'Sherpa' to help scale the mountain of success, said today, hailing the nation's successful journey from bullets to ballots.

Addressing a civic reception programme to honour him here, stressed on the special relation shared by the two neighbours and admired Nepal's spirit of resilience and commitment towards democracy.

"has covered a long journey from Yuddh to Buddh (War to Peace). You have left the bullet to opt the ballot way...But this not the destination. You have to go a long way," told the gathering.

"You have reached the base camp of the and the main climb is yet to be done. And the way mountaineers are strongly helped by Sherpas to scale the summit, much the same way is ready to work as the Sherpa for Nepal," he said, amid applause.

Modi said stands shoulder-to-shoulder with in its development journey. 'Sabka Saath, Sabka Vikas' is as much about global well being as it's about India's growth, he added.

"India has always worked for global good. India has taken the lead in mitigating the menace of climate change. The has brought together nations from across the world," he said.

Describing as a mixture of the ancient and the modern era, Modi said the city showcases the culture of Nepal.

"There is something unique about the beauty of Kathmandu," he said.

"Nepal is a country of diversity and is a world in its own," Modi said. "The diversity gives fresh air to any outsider."

Modi also expressed his desire to travel to Lumbini, the birthplace of Lord in his future visit.

"During my previous visits I prayed at Pashupatinath. This time, in addition to Pashupatinath, I went to Janakpur and Muktinath. These places illustrate close ties between our nations," he said.

He repeated 'Nepal Bhaarat Maitri (Long live Nepal-India Friendship)' thrice at the end of his speech.

Earlier, presented symbolic key of the city to Modi, which symbolises that the door to Kathmandu would always remain open to him.

Modi was also presented with various memoir tokens including a 55-kg Lord statue.

Delivering the welcome speech at the function, said the relations between Nepal and India will continue to deepen and widen in the coming days.

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First Published: Sat, May 12 2018. 16:45 IST