Nepal PM in India: PM Oli met PM Narendra Modi at the ceremonial welcome
Nepal Prime Minister KP Sharma Oli
who is on a three-day visit to India, received a ceremonial welcome at the Rashtrapati Bhavan today. The Nepal prime minister arrived in Delhi yesterday and was received at the airport by Home Minister Rajnath Singh. He later met Prime Minister Narendra Modi at his official official residence. The two leaders today gave a joint press statement where they spoke about strengthening ties and implementation of all connectivity projects. This is Nepal PM Oli's first visit to the country after he took charge as the prime minister for the second term in February. On the third day of his visit, which is tomorrow the Nepalese premier will visit the GB Pant University of Agriculture and Technology in Pantnagar, Uttarakhand.
Here are the highlights of Nepal PM KP Sharma Oli's visit to India:
Prime Minister Narendra Modi and his Nepali counterpart KP Sharma Oli recognised the untapped potential of inland waterways to contribute towards overall economic development of the region. Taking cognisance of their geographies and noting the development of inland waterways in both countries, the two prime ministers took the landmark decision to develop inland waterways for cargo movement, within the framework of trade and transit arrangements, providing additional access to sea for Nepal.
India and Nepal agreed to review key projects together and discussed that any impediments should be quickly removed. India's ambassador in Nepal and the Himalayan nation's foreign secretary will be in close touch over any delay in the projects.
Here is what Nepal Prime Minister KP Oli said during the joint press statement:
- I remember sharing this podium with Modi ji two years ago. Since then Nepal has experienced great transformation.
- I have come to India with a mission to enhance our relations to newer heights commensurate with the realities of the 21st century.
- We want to create a model relationship. A relationship that is cherished forever.
- I would like to thank PM Modi for his kind words. I fully reciprocate his sentiments in importance of Nepal India friendship
- Nepal has now completed a very crucial transition phase after three tiers of elections.During this transitional juncture we need support and cooperation of our friends
- Nepal attaches great importance to its relations with India. Our countries have historical ties, have many things to offer to each other
- Inter dependence takes many forms between our countries. Relations between neighbours are different than others. They rest on principles of equality and justice
- I congratulate India on its development and progress in the last two decades
- I invite Modi ji for a visit to Nepal at the earliest possible time
PM Modi and Nepal PM KP Oli issues joint press statements.
Here is what PM Modi said during the joint press statement:
- In our meetings over the last two days, PM Oli told me about Nepal's economic progress and inclusive development
- I believe my motto of Sabka Saath Sabka Vikas and Mr Oli's motto of Samriddh Nepal, Sukhi Nepal are complimentary
- Both of us are working for the prosperity and well-being of our citizens
- India's contribution in Nepal's progress goes back a long way
- I assured him India will continue to be a strong partner for Nepal
- We also want to increase rail connectivity. We have agreed to develop rail line from India to Kathmandu
- India and Nepal have deep ties in Defence and Security. We agree on stopping the misuse of our open border
PM Modi and Nepal's KP Sharma Oli meet at the Hyderabad House. They are to hold delegation level talks soon and are expected to sign a number of agreements.
Nepal Prime Minister KP Sharma Oli along with his wife Radhika Shakya, paid tribute to Mahatma Gandhi at Raj Ghat.
"India's abiding interest is in the stability and economic prosperity of Nepal. India stands ready to expand cooperation with Nepal as per Nepal's priorities", the President posted on Twitter after receiving Nepal Prime Minister KP Oli at Rashtrapati Bhavan today.
Nepal PM met President Ramnath Kovind after his ceremonial reception at the Rashtrapati Bhavan
"No other countries in the world have the bonds of friendship and cooperation that exist between India and Nepal. Regular exchanges of visits at the highest political level demonstrate the priority that we attach to our special partnership", President Ram Nath Kovind tweeted.
Nepal Prime Minister at the Rashtrapati Bhavan:
"Friendship is very important. We have developed our friendship according to time with a purpose to eradicate poverty, improve life standards. Our friendship is historical, renewed, developed and is very fruitful. Looking ahead and not looking back"
The Ministry of Exteral Affairs posted several images of Nepal PM's ceremonial welcome at the Rashtrapati Bhavan earlier in the day.
Former Prime Minister Manmohan Singh and Congress president Rahul Gandhi met the Nepalese Prime Minister yesterday at the Rashtrapati Bhawan. The meeting, according to Press Trust of India, lasted over half-an-hour. Former Union minister Anand Sharma was also present during the meeting. After the meeting, Congress' Rahul Gandhi posted a tweet, "Last evening I met Prime Minister of Nepal, Shri Khadga Prasad Sharma Oli. We discussed a wide range of issues concerning our two countries."
Prime Minister Narendra Modi met his Nepalese counterpart yesterday ahead of the bilateral talks to be held later today. "Delighted to meet the Prime Minister of Nepal, Mr. K.P. Sharma Oli," PM Modi tweeted. He also tweeted several images with his Nepalese counterpart at the PM's official residence in New Delhi.
Nepal Prime Minister KP Sharma Oli arrived in Delhi yesterday and was received at the airport by Home Minister Rajnath Singh. "Neighbourhood first! Prime Minister of Nepal K.P. Sharma Oli and Mrs. Radhika Shakya were warmly welcomed by Home Minister Rajnath Singh on their arrival in India. This is the first State visit of Prime Minister Oli after being elected as Prime Minister of Nepal," tweeted MEA spokesperson after the PM's arrival.