New Delhi, April 7: In a bid to strengthen bilateral ties between the two neighbours, Prime Minister Narendra Modi held delegation-level talks with his Nepalese counterpart KP Oli in the national capital on Saturday. The two leaders also inaugurated India–Nepal petroleum products pipeline here. While addressing a join press conference, PM Modi asserted,”We aim at improving waterways and railways with Nepal. Today, we reviewed the progress in various such connectivity projects. We have strong relations when it comes to the aspect of security and is committed towards stopping misuse of our open borders.”

“A new railway line will be developed which will connect India and Kathmandu,” PM Modi announced.  He also hoped to continue the long history of India’s contribution towards Nepal’s development.

On the other hand, Koli, while addressing the joint press conference, said,”Nepal attaches great importance to its relations with India, our countries enjoy age-old historical ties & have many things to offer to each other. Our future lies in the expansion of the economic facility and improving investments. Agriculture is one of the areas where India has made significant progress and Nepal could learn from it.  The key areas of development here is connectivity, railways and agriculture.”

He also invited PM Modi to Nepal saying,”I invited PM Modi to pay a visit to Nepal at the earliest convenient time, I am hopeful that the visit will take place soon.”

Earlier in the day, Oli, who is on a three-day visit to India, met President Ram Nath Kovind.The visiting dignitary was given a ceremonial reception at Rashtrapati Bhawan. In the evening, Union Home Minister Rajnath Singh will hold a talk with Nepal’s Prime Minister at the Rashtrapati Bhawan. Prime Minister Oli is accompanied by his wife Radhika Shakya and an entourage of ministers, Members of Parliament (MPs), secretaries and other high-ranking officials of the Nepal Government on his maiden visit to India.