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Kathmandu, Aug 3 : Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi arrived in Nepal Sunday. His special chartered aircraft landed in Kathmandu airport. Also Read - PM Modi Likely to Hold COVID-19 Review Meeting With Chief Ministers of 7 Worst-hit States Next Week

Nepal Prime Minister Sushil Koirala, senior ministers and the Indian Ambassador Ranjit Rae received him at the airport. Indian National Security Advisor Ajit Doval, Indian Foreign Secretary Sujatha Singh and other senior Indian officials also welcomed him. On his arrival, Modi received the guard of honour from the Nepal Army and the national anthems of both countries wwere played. Also Read - Politics Heats up Over Farm Bills 2020, PM Modi Says Opposition Misleading Farmers; Cong Calls it 'Blatant Attack' on Federal Structure

Modi then left for Hotel Hyatt where he will be staying. Nepal’s Foreign Minister Mahendra Bahadur Pandey will brief him later in the day. On Saturday, Modi said he was “excited” about his visit that reflects the two nations’ “shared heritage of nature, history, culture, spiritualism and religion”.

The visit is part of the new government’s initiative to forge closer ties with the neighbouring countries and comes two weeks after Modi visited Bhutan, which was his first bilateral visit after he was sworn-in as the prime minister.