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PM Narendra Modi prays at Nepal's iconic Muktinath temple, interacts with locals

PM Narendra Modi prays at Nepal's iconic Muktinath temple, interacts with locals

Modi arrived in Nepal on Friday on a two-day visit at the invitation of Oli. The Investment Board Nepal (IBN) on Thursday had granted an electricity generation licence to SJVN Arun III Power Development Company to generate power from the Arun III project located in eastern Nepal.

PM Modi assured the Himalayan nation of India's support, saying "India stands shoulder to shoulder with Nepal".

The two leaders also discussed implementation of various India assisted projects in Nepal and made a decision to bridge the implementation gap in some of the projects, the foreign secretary said.

On Saturday morning, Prime Minister Modi will be heading for Muktinath temple in Mustang District followed by prayers at Pashupatinath Temple in the capital.

After his visit to the temple, Modi launched a bus service between Janakpur-Ayodhya.

"I come to Nepal during a memorable period in the nation's journey". The country also held local elections in three phases past year.

Further, giving details about the talks with his counterpart K.P. Oli, PM Modi, on Twitter, wrote: "During my talks with PM Oli, we reviewed the full range of our bilateral ties and the ground covered since our last meeting in Delhi". "Without Nepal, India's faith, belief and history are incomplete".




Coming just months after the devastating April 2015 natural disaster, this fuelled anti-India sentiments in Nepal.

The Indian leader described his visit as "that of a pilgrim rather than as a Prime Minister" and participated in the civic reception bestowed upon him by Janakpur Sub-Metropolitan City at the Rangabhumi Maidan. Oli said at a joint press briefing that the discussions were held in an open manner and it was very fruitful. "Neighbourhood constitutes top priority in our foreign policy", he said.

Modi underlined the need for linking Nepal and India through highways, information networks, rail, electric connectivity, waterways and airways.

The AICC general secretary said Modi, through his temple visits, was giving out a message to voters in Karnataka of how religious he was and that he was a Hindu. Janakpur will be added to the Ramayana Circuit and Lumbini will be included in the Buddhist Circuit.

After his stump-speech-like address, Modi moved to Kathmandu for the official leg of his two-day visit. "We are also trying our best to connect Nepal with waterways so that Nepal will be able to export Nepali goods overseas", he added. These will enhance the mutual connectivity between the people and trade of the two countries.

Oli assumed office once again earlier this year at the head of a Leftist coalition that won a two-thirds majority in the November-December polls. The two Prime Ministers have agreed to expedite work on the Pancheshwor Multi-purpose project.


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