Modi visits Nepal to restore neighbourly ties

Modi in Nepal, Meets KP Oli in Temple

India's happiness lies in Nepal's prosperity.

The AICC general secretary said Modi, through his temple visits, was giving out a message to voters in Karnataka of how religious he was and that he was a Hindu.

Lauding the relationship between the two countries, PM Modi had said on Friday that Ayodhya is incomplete without Janaki. PM @narendramodi visited the highly venerated Muktinath temple, located at 12,172 ft, to reinforce the strong cultural connect between India and Nepal. Speaking on the occasion, Modi said Kathmandu wasn't just the capital of one of India's neighbouring countries but was "an entire world in itself".

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There were also perceptions that Oli was leaning towards China than India.

According to the statement, both leaders "emphasised the need for regular convening of bilateral mechanisms, including Nepal-India Joint Commission at Foreign/External Affairs Ministers-level, to review the overall state of bilateral relations, and for the expeditious implementation of the economic and development cooperation projects".

"We are connected with Nepal through rail, water, transmission line, petroleum pipeline", Modi told the media. Mr Modi also met leaders of various political parties of Nepal.

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He also said that the two sides had agreed to an informal timeline to discuss all matters by September this year. He would leave for New Delhi in the evening to end his two-day visit to Nepal. "The Ramayan Circuit has enormous potential". At a civic felicitation programme, Kathmandu Mayor Bidya Sundar Shakya presented a key to the city to Modi at Rashtriya Sabha Griha. He was felicitated with a garland weighing 121 kg and a key to Janakpur city.

Both prime ministers later expressed their confidence in the strengthening of the historic ties between the two countries which had taken a tumble due to the 2015 Madhesi agitation.

"These connectivity measures will help Nepal to get better market access, thereby encouraging the establishment of industries and employment creation".

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