India, Nepal decide to boost cooperation, speed up connectivity projects

Manmohan Singh Rahul Gandhi meet Nepal PM Oli

Nepal's prime minister KP Sharma Oli with his Indian counterpart Narendra Modi. They had blocked major trading points between India and Nepal, preventing goods from reaching the landlocked country.

The President said that India values its economic and development partnership with Nepal.

Nepal's Prime Minister's comments came at a time when India has indicated its concern regarding China's growing influence over Nepal. We are geographically located in the centre. Modi congratulated the people and the government of Nepal for successful conduct of local level, federal parliament and first-ever provincial elections in Nepal and appreciated their vision for stability, and development.

The two Prime Ministers inaugurated the Integrated Check Post at Birgunj in Nepal. "We both agree to accelerate work on projects like Arun-3, Pancheshwar and Saptakosi-Sunkosi", PM Modi said.

"This new initiative would enable cost effective and efficient movement of cargo". He also invited the university scientists to Nepal and expressed his desire to collaborate with the University for the advancement of agriculture in Nepal. Apart from this, China is also building three highways connecting Nepal and these roads are expected to be ready by 2020.

Since then, New Delhi has been trying to keep Nepal within its sphere of influence, and is even said to have cobbled a coalition that ousted Oli from power.




The planned railway line from the border town of Raxaul to Kathmandu would be the mountainous nation's most ambitious railway project.

"Agriculture is one of the areas where India has made significant progress and Nepal could learn from it".

"My official visit to India was significant and fruitful", Oli said at the Tribhuvan International Airport upon his arrival. We want to develop goodwill and mutual trust according to the change of times. Our friendship is historical, renewed, developed and is very fruitful.

India's ambassador to Nepal, Manjeev Singh Puri, underlined the importance of the proposed rail and river link, saying it would remove the feeling among Nepalese about being land-locked. Stressing that no country compromised on nationalism, Oli said for Nepal, nationalism was the protection of its sovereignty, territorial integrity, national independence and fulfilment of its national interest. As far as Uttarakhand is concerned, we share an global boundary with Nepal and are committed to help our neighbour. They rest on principles of equality and justice.

Oli, his wife Radika Shakya and a 54-member high-level delegation arrived on Friday on a three-day state visit.

In 2016, Oli had accused India of breaking up a fragile coalition he was heading and forcing him to quit.

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