Monday, 2nd March 2015

Modi wraps up two-day Nepal visit

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Prime Minister Sushil Koirala bids Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi farewell at the Tribhuwan International Airport with Modi leaving for New Delhi, completing a two-day state Nepal visit on Monday. Rss/Pradeep Raj OntaIndian Prime Minister Narendra Modi has wrapped up his two-day bilateral visit to Nepal, as he flew back to New Delhi at 5:50 pm Monday evening.

Nepali Prime Minister Sushil Koirala, high level ministers and top government officials were present at the VVIP lounge of Tribhuvan International Airport, Kathmandu to bid farewell to Indian PM Modi.

PM Koirala presented a replica of Pashupatinath temple as a souvenir to his Indian counterpart, while Nepal Army performed a salute of 19 cannons in honour of the Indian PM.

Earlier in the afternoon, the Indian PM met with the top political leaders of Nepal and held talks on a range of issues. Indian PM Modi mainly advised the leaders to enact a new constitution in time. He also reiterated that India is always with the development endeavours of Nepal.

Nepali leaders say that their meetings with the Indian PM were highly fruitful.

"Indian PM Modi's visit has added new dimension to Nepal-India relations," says CPN-UML Chairperson KP Oli. "He has said that he is ready to extend necessary cooperation for Nepal's economic development."

UCPN (Maoist) Chairperson Pushpa Kamal Dahal says he discussed Indian investment in Nepal, peace process, constitution making and other matters of mutual interest with the Indian PM.

"Indian PM Modi is for economic development, political stability and prosperity in Nepal. Modi also praised me for exemplary works (of peace process)," Dahal says.

The Indian PM jointly met with the leaders based in the Terai region. During the meeting, Madhesi leaders urged Modi to provide special importance to the development of Madhes.

"We requested the Indian PM for political stability and the development of Madhes," says Rajendra Mahato, Chairperson of Sadbhawana Party.
"In return, the Indian PM said that Indian assistance to Nepal is for all regions and sectors."

"I have already drawn the attention of all in my address to the parliament that the development of Nepal will represent the development of all regions and sectors and that the new constitution has to incorporate the feelings of all regions and sectors," Mahato quotes the Indian PM, as saying, in the meeting.

The Madhesi leader further requested the Indian PM to promptly take ahead development projects, such as the postal highway, railway and Kathmandu-Nijgadh fast track.

RPP-Nepal Chairperson Kamal Thapa also met with Indian PM Modi.

"The Constituent Assembly has been discussing contentious issues at present. India has to remain neutral in issues, such as federalism and secularism," Thapa's aide, Mohan Shrestha quotes Thapa, as saying, in the meeting.

Representatives of Nepal's private sector, too, met with the Indian PM today. They were the officials of the Federation of Nepalese Chamber of Commerce and Industry (FNCCI), Confederation of Nepalese Industries (CNI) and Nepal Chamber of Commerce (NCC). On the occasion, talks were focused on bringing Indian investment to Nepal. Indian PM Modi said that additional Indian investment will come to Nepal following his visit.

In the morning, Indian PM Modi called on President Dr Ram Baran Yadav at the latter's office at Shital Niwas. President Yadav appreciated the speech delivered by Modi in the parliament saying that it has won the hearts of all Nepalis.

"I hope your address to the parliament will contribute greatly to Nepal-India relations," the President told the Indian PM, according to Nepal's Ministry of Foreign Affairs.

In return, the Indian PM said democracy has great importance for both the citizens of Nepal and India and expressed his hope that Nepal will soon get a constitution. Indian PM Modi then participated in a luncheon hosted by the President.

Before meeting the President, Indian PM Modi offered special pooja at Pashupatinath temple for an hour sitting on the south portion. The head priest (Mool Bhatt) and three priests performed the pooja for him.

Brahmin students studying at Bed Bidyashram School at Bankali, Pashupati premises recited the holy religious hymns (swasti waachan) for the Indian PM. Teacher of the school, Madhav Dhungel and others recited the holy Rudri.

Indian PM Modi donated the holy sandalwood worth around Rs 30 million to Pashupati Area Development Trust. The sandalwood will be used in the daily pooja of Pashupatinath. He further assured that the Indian government will provide an assistance of Indian Rs 250 million to the Trust. The assistance will be invested to build a dharmashala (spiritual dwelling/sanctuary) for pilgrimages.

The Indian PM arrived in Nepal on Sunday. This was an Indian PM's first bilateral visit to Nepal in 17 years.



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