India will remain steadfast partner to Nepal, says PM

  • India will remain steadfast partner to Nepal, says PM

India will remain steadfast partner to Nepal, says PM

Modi had stressed that the visit, which comes at the invitation of Nepal's prime minister KP Sharma Oli, reflects the "high priority that India attaches to friendly relations with Nepal". An important religious site for Hindus, the town, according to legend, was the birthplace of Sita, wife of the Hindu deity Ram.

Modi, along with PM Oli, is expected to make announcement to build the Ramayan circuit.

Congratulating the people and the government for conducting successful elections in 2017, PM Modi expressed hope in democracy acting as a guiding light for the two nations.

The Indian Prime Minister will lay the foundation stone for Arun III hydroelectricity project in Sankhuwasabha district of eastern Nepal, undertaken by India's Sutlej Jal Vidyut Nigam, through video conferencing. Nepal has been a tourism spot for decades for spiritualism. Energy-hungry, both China and India are looking to invest in Nepal's hydropower-rich landscape as a means to secure stable electricity supplies.

"When I talk about "Sabka Saath Sabka Vikas", I not only talk about India but also about neighbouring countries".

He thanked the Nepal government and the people of Janakpur for their warm welcome and wished them peace, prosperity and happiness.

"It is a memorable experience for me to visit this pilgrimage site which holds a special place in the hearts of people from Nepal and India", Modi wrote in the visitor's book at the Janaki temple.

Likewise, in the afternoon, Modi will receive a guard of honour at Tundikhel before visiting Bahadur Bhawan and Sheetal Niwas to pay courtesy calls on Vice-President Nanda Bahadur Pun and President Bidya Devi Bhandari respectively.

-The two sides will hold bilateral talks as well. In 2016, the Nepalese leader had publicly accused India of interfering in his country's internal matters and trying to topple his government. In Nepal preparations to welcome Prime Minister Modi has been completed.

Asked whether India will press for amendment in Nepal's Constitution as sought by Indian-origin Madhesi groups, the sources said that leaders from the community have already come to power in a province and that India will be observing the developments there.

The prime ministers are likely to sign a number of pacts and inaugurate the Rs 6000-crore Arun 3 project which is expected to generate around 900 MW of power.

Immediately after weeks of hectic campaigning in Karnataka, Prime Minister Narendra Modi reached Nepal this morning to get a two-day visit.