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A visit to Nepal to deepen “age-old” ties: PM Modi

India’s ties with Nepal are “unprecedented”, Prime Minister Narendra Modi said on Sunday, a day before his visit to the neighboring country’s Lumbini on the occasion of Buddha Purnima. In a statement, Modi said he looked forward to meeting Nepali Prime Minister Sher Bahadur Deuba again after their “productive” talks during his visit to India last month.

He said the two sides will continue to build on the common understanding to expand cooperation in multiple fields, including hydropower, development and connectivity.

“Our ties with Nepal are unprecedented. Civilizational and people-to-people contacts between India and Nepal form the enduring edifice of our close relationship,” Modi said in his parting statement. “My visit is to celebrate and further deepen these age-old bonds that have been nurtured over the centuries and recorded in our long history of blending,” he said.

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The prime minister is on a one-day visit to Lumbini on the occasion of Buddha Purnima on Monday. This will be the Prime Minister’s fifth visit to Nepal since 2014. “I look forward to offering prayers at Mayadevi Temple on the auspicious occasion of Buddha Jayanti. I am honored to follow in the footsteps of millions of Indians to pay homage at the sacred birthplace of Lord Buddha,” Modi said.

Modi and Deuba will hold talks in Lumbini with a focus on expanding cooperation in several areas including hydropower and connectivity. “I also look forward to meeting Prime Minister Deuba again after our productive discussions during his visit to India last month,” Modi said.

“We will continue to build on our common understanding to expand cooperation in multiple areas, including hydropower, development and connectivity,” he added.

First post: STI


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