Modi's Nepal visit will focus on building trust

Modi's Nepal visit will focus on building trust

Modi's Nepal visit will focus on building trust

A day before he leaves for the Himalayan Kingdom, Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Thursday described his two-day visit to Nepal as a reflection of his Government's commitment to the "neighbourhood first" policy.

The following day, Modi will visit the Muktinath temple and is expected to announce assistance for a project to restore the place of worship revered by both Hindus and Buddhists. This will be the Modi's third visit to Nepal, but the first after Oli's government came to power.

In Kathmandu, Modi and Oli will jointly lay down the foundation stone for the construction of the 900 MW Arun III project being developed by India through remote control on Saturday.

-There are many posters are hung outside the temple to welcome PM Modi. Later, Modi will call on Vice-President Nanda Bahadur Pun and President Bidya Devi Bhandari in the afternoon, the official said.

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.

Starting the Arun III hydropower project is the main highlight of the visit. While India has refused to be a part of BRI, Nepal has joined the initiative.

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"The public is also excited to welcome the Indian Prime Minister and a global leader in the country." the priest added.

PM Modi will also attend civic reception hosted by Kathmandu Metropolitan City before returning to New Delhi. He briefed them about issues to be taken up with Modi and solicited their advice.

With a stable government in Nepal, India is looking at "how we will be able to consolidate that (India-Nepal) relationship", the person cited above said. "This visit signifies that India accords top priority to her relations with Nepal, and our government should pay attention for getting maximum benefit from the visit", pointed out former foreign minister and Nepali Congress leader Prakash Sharan Mahat. "We hope to get land clearances faster", sources said.

On May 11, Modi is scheduled to take a chopper from India to Janakpur, where he will be received by Oli and senior ministers from Nepal.

In the wake of China rapidly increasing its influence in Nepal and the formidable Chinese reputation of executing infrastructure projects in other countries at break-neck speed, New Delhi seems keen to demonstrate that it too can be equally swift and decisive.

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