Nepal, India agree to deepen bilateral cooperation

Nepal, India agree to deepen bilateral cooperation

Nepal, India agree to deepen bilateral cooperation

Modi also offered prayers at the Pashupatinath temple, located on the banks of the Bagmati river. He also said he had spoken to Modi about the exchange of demonetised Indian currency in Nepal. "Without Nepal, our Ram is incomplete", Modi said while inaugurating the Janakpur-Ayodhya bus service, emphasising the mythological connect between the two countries.

His voice had cracked from all the campaigning in Karnataka, which votes to elect a new Assembly on Saturday, but Modi did not seem in any hurry to wrap up his speech in the city celebrated as Sita's birthplace despite running behind schedule.

"I come to Nepal during a memorable period in the nation's journey".

He first began by commending Nepal for successfully holding elections at all three levels: federal, provincial and local levels.

Modi, who jointly with Oli laid the foundation stone of the 900-megawatt Arun III Hydroelectric Power Plant in Tumlingtar area in eastern Nepal through a remote system here, said it was one of the biggest projects in Nepal and generate jobs.

"India stands firmly with our sisters and brothers of Nepal". We have been there for each other in the most hard of times"-perhaps pointing to India's role in rushing food and other necessities to Nepal within hours of the 25 April 2015 quake".

"An auspicious start to Day 2 in Nepal!"

Not once did Modi mention China, which has drawn Nepal closer into its circle after Kathmandu's ties with Delhi soured 2015 onwards. Modi said Nepal and India can benefit if they cooperate and work together for the promotion of five Ts: Tradition, Trade, Tourism, Technology and Transport.

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In response to a question, Gokhale said there was no discussion on the issue of the South Asian Association for Regional Cooperation (SAARC).

"Cultural relations are at the core of India-Nepal friendship".

Modi said Janakpur will be added in the Ramayana Circuit while Lumbini will be included in the Buddhist Circuit.

Modi plans to visit two more important Hindu temples before flying home May 12. "We are also trying our best to connect Nepal with waterways so that Nepal will be able to export Nepali goods overseas", he added.

India has also pledged support to Bhaktapur Cancer Hospital and help procure a radio therapy machine. This is Modi's third trip to Nepal in a span of four years.

Both sides also agreed to dispatch a joint technical team to resolve the recurrent inundation problem along the Nepal-India border.

In March, Finance Minister Arun Jaitley had announced that Nepal would soon get exchange facilities for the demonetised high-value Indian currency notes to ease difficulties faced by Nepalese citizens. Modi is the first world leader to offer prayers inside the main sanctum of Muktinath temple said Nepal Prime Minister K P Sharma Oli in a statement, according to PTI reports.

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