Kathmandu, May 11: Prime Minister Narendra Modi is set to begin his two-day visit to Nepal on Friday, May 11. Reports say the Nepal administration has planned a grand welcome for Modi. The Prime Minister will be holding bilateral talks with his Nepali counterpart KP Oli during his visit. Defence Minister of Nepal Ishwor Pokharel and Province 2 Chief Minister Lal Babu Raut will receive PM Modi at Janakpur Airport. Also Read - PM Modi Likely to Hold COVID-19 Review Meeting With Chief Ministers of 7 Worst-hit States Next Week
Ahead of his visit, PM Modi said on Thursday that India would remain a steadfast partner of the Himalayan nation in its quest for growth and development. The Prime Minister exuded confidence that his visit will further cement people-centric partnership with Nepal on the basis of mutual benefit, goodwill and understanding. “As Nepal enters a new era of consolidating gains of democracy and achieving rapid economic growth and development, India will continue to remain a steadfast partner of government of Nepal to implement its vision of samriddha Nepal, sukhi Nepali’ (prosperous Nepal, happy Nepal),” Modi said in a statement. Also Read - Just a Day After Lifting Lockdown, This Country Reported 2020 New Covid-19 Cases
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From the airport today, PM Modi is expected to head to Ram Janaki Temple where Oli will welcome him and the two leaders will then perform a pooja. This will be followed by a civic reception hosted by mayor of Janakpur at Barhabigha ground.
In the afternoon, the Prime Minister will fly to the capital, Kathmandu, where he will be given a guard of honour by the Nepal Army. Welcome gates with pictures of Modi and Oli have been installed at different places on the way to the main city area from the Tribhuvan International Airport. Roads have been decorated with flags of Nepal and India.
Late in the afternoon, PM Modi will call on Vice President Nanda Bahadur Pun and President Bidya Devi Bhandari. In the evening, Modi will hold delegation-level talks with Oli.
Both leaders are also expected to jointly lay the foundation stone of Arun-III hydro power project through a remote system and issue a press statement. Modi will also attend a banquet hosted by Prime Minister Oli.
On Day 2 of his visit, PM Modi will visit historic Muktinath temple in Mustang district situated in north-west Nepal to offer prayers. He will also attend a reception hosted by Ambassador Puri in his honour. Leaders of various political parties in the country will call on Prime Minister Modi in Kathmandu.
Last week, the Ministry of External Affairs, in a statement said, “The visit is in keeping with the tradition of regular high-level exchanges between India and Nepal, and will enable leaders to discuss matters of mutual interest and to strengthen cooperation in all areas of age-old, multi-faceted and expanding partnership between the two countries.”
During Modi’s two-day visit, India will seek to consolidate relationship with the new Nepalese government headed by Oli, official sources have reportedly confirmed. The visit aims to bring “substance” and “seriousness” in ties.