Modi’s Nepal visit: PM calls Oli ‘bhai’, draws on ties ‘since Treta Yug’

On the eve of his visit to Nepal, Modi said India would remain a steadfast partner of the Himalayan nation in its quest for growth and development. Catch all the Modi Nepal visit updates here

Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Friday morning arrived in Nepal for a two-day state visit. Ahead of the visit, Modi had tweeted that the “visit reflects the high priority India attaches to friendly relations with Nepal”. Further, Modi said India would remain a steadfast partner of Nepal in its quest for growth and development. Kicking off his tour, Modi offered prayers at the Ram Janaki temple in Nepal’s Janakpur and inaugurated the Ramayan Circuit Bus Route, before addressing a civic reception. The prime minister is visiting the neighbouring country on an invitation from his Nepalese counterpart Khadga Prasad Oli.

Ministry of External Affairs (MEA) spokesperson Raveesh Kumar on Friday tweeted that Modi’s Nepal visit would consolidate the principle of neighbourhood first and Sabka Saath, Sabka Vikas. He added that it would build on Prime Minister Oli’s visit to India. The Nepalese Prime Minister was on a three-day visit to India in April this year, when the two sides signed a number of agreements, which were termed ‘game-changing’ by the MEA.

According to news agencies, Nepal is all set to welcome Modi, for whom this will be a third tour to the Himalayan nation. “As Nepal enters a new era of consolidating the gains of a democracy and achieving economic growth, India remains a steadfast partner of the Nepal government to implement their vision of ‘Samriddha Nepal, Sukhi Nepali’ (prosperous Nepal, happy Nepal),” tweeted Modi on the eve of his visit.

According to officials, certain agreements were expected to be signed between the two leaders. Security has been tightened in the country and as many as 11,000 security personnel from both countries have been deployed for the visit.

Here are the top 10 developments around Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s two-day Nepal visit:

1) Modi addresses gathering at Rangabhoomi ground, says India’s faith ‘incomplete without Nepal’: Prime Minister Modi was felicitated at a civic reception at the Bahrabigaha’s Rangabhoomi ground, where he addressed the people gathered to welcome him. At the reception, Modi said it was his “long due wish to visit the land of Goddess Sita and offer his prayers”.

“Today, I am extremely happy and grateful that I got this opportunity,” said Modi. Further, the Prime Minister said that the Indo-Nepal relationship “dates back to Treta Yug”.

Referring to the mythological epic Ramayana, Modi said, “King Janak and King Dasharath not only united Janakpur and Ayodhya but also India and Nepal.”

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