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India-Nepal like family, misunderstandings over: Modi

Emphasising that the recent election and its results would be written in golden words in Nepal’s history, the Indian Prime Minister said relations between India and Nepal are special and “I am visiting at a special time. “Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Friday said all misunderstandings with Nepal are over and the bilateral ties are heading to a new high.

“India stands shoulder to shoulder with the people of Nepal. India-Nepal ties are above inter-governmental relations. It is more like a family,” said Modi. “I, the Indian government and the Indian people heartily felicitate the Nepali people for the progress made under federal democratic setup.”

In a quest to reach out to the new communist government in Nepal, Modi held an articulate discussion with his counterpart and senior government officials to better the bilateral ties that are all set to reset after New Delhi’s repeated attempt to cultivate Oli-led government in Nepal in the recent months.

After the talks, Modi and Oli reached to some mutual understandings.

Meeting Oli twice in less than two months, Modi assured him that all genuine and necessary grievances of Nepal would be addressed in a time-bound manner.

In this respect, Nepal and India have reached half dozen major understandings during the two-day state visit of Modi that is expected to give momentum in bilateral ties in future.

However, India remained silent on exchanging banned Indian notes parked in various financial and banking institutions and held by general people, and on Nepal’s request to add four additional air routes via India.

India is ready to partner with Nepal for cross-border connectivity and agreed to commence survey to link Kathmandu with the Indian Railways’ survey soon.

“We are connected with Nepal through rail, water, transmission line, petroleum pipeline,” Modi told the media.

The two leaders also agreed for an early meeting for the construction of 4,600 MW Pancheshwor Multipurpose Project jointly by India and Nepal.

“We have evaluated the partnership between Nepal and India. Some of the projects have gained progress and some are in the process of achieving good progress. We have agreed to review comprehensively the trade and transit treaty,” said Modi.

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