New Delhi: Prime Minister Narendra Modi will embark on a 2-day visit to Nepal on Thursday to attend the 4th BIMSTEC Summit. This will be PM Modi’s fourth visit to Nepal during his current tenure. Also Read - Responding to PM Modi’s Call, Citizens Light Candles, Show Collective Resolve to Fight COVID-19
The Summit, which focuses on countering terrorism, enhancing regional connectivity and boosting trade, will be attended by the members of South Asian and South-East Asian countires on August 30 and 31. Also Read - After Urging Nation, PM Modi Lights up Lamp to Ramp up Collective Fight Against COVID-19
Leaders from the seven-member group of nations are expected to hold discussions on wide range of issues including security and counter terrorism, transport and communications, environment, disaster management and strengthening economic cooperation. Also Read - 9 Minute, 9 PM: Netizens Light Earthen Lamps, Candles, Burst Crackers, Trend #9baje9minute
Earlier in the day, the Prime Minister had said that his participation in the BIMSTEC summit in Kathmandu signals India’s highest priority to its neighbourhood and a strong commitment to continue deepening ties with the “extended neighbourhood” in South-East Asia.
In a statement before leaving for Nepal, Modi said he will interact with the leaders of Bangladesh, Bhutan, Myanmar, Sri Lanka and Thailand on the margins of the summit.
“I also look forward to meeting Prime Minister of Nepal K P Sharma Oli and reviewing the progress we have made in our bilateral ties since my last visit to Nepal in May 2018,” he said.
Modi said he and Oli will inaugurate the Nepal Bharat Maitri Dharmashala at the Pashupatinath temple complex.
“My participation in the summit symbolises India’s highest priority to our neighbourhood and our strong commitment to continue deepening our relationship with the extended neighbourhood in South-East Asia,” he said.
He said he will interact with all the leaders of BIMSTEC “to further enrich our regional cooperation, enhance our trade ties and advance our collective efforts to build a peaceful and prosperous Bay of Bengal region”.
The Summit theme, the PM said, ‘Towards a Peaceful, Prosperous and Sustainable Bay of Bengal Region’ will enable the member-countries to shape a collective response to their common aspirations and challenges.
“I am confident that the 4th BISMTEC summit will further consolidate the progress made thus far under BIMSTEC, and will chart the course for building a peaceful and prosperous Bay of Bengal Region,” Modi said in his statement.
BIMSTEC or Bay of Bengal Initiative for Multi-Sectoral Technical and Economic Cooperation, is a grouping of seven countries including Bangladesh, Bhutan, India, Myanmar, Thailand and Sri Lanka.
(Inputs from PTI)