New Delhi: Prime Minister Narendra Modi today held bilateral talks with his Nepal counterpart Sher Bahadur Deuba. He paid a visit to Lumbini. Lumbini is birthplace of Gautam Buddha. Both the nations will work over cooperation in cultural and educational sectors.
In his address, he said that India and Nepal’s friendship will serve the entire humanity. He said, “India and Nepal’s ever-strengthening friendship, in the kind of global conditions that are being created today, our closeness will serve the entire humanity.”
Speaking of Ram Temple being build in India he said, “I know that today when a grand temple of Lord Shri Ram is being built in India, the people of Nepal are equally happy.”
At their bilateral talks, PM Modi and Deuba discussed methods of strengthening ongoing cooperation and develop new areas in the multifaceted bilateral partnership.
Over cooperation in cultural and educational sectors, six Memorandum of Understandings were signed by the two sides.
The construction of the Lumbini Museum in Nepal and the establishment of the Dr. Ambedkar Chair for Buddhist Studies in Lumbini Buddhist University was also included.
Earlier in the day PM Modi paid a visit at Maya Devi temple in Lumbini, where he was accompanied by the Nepalese Prime Minister and his spouse Dr Arzu Rana Deuba.
PM Modi soon after tweeted, “I feel blessed to have prayed at the Maya Devi Temple on Buddha Purnima. May Lord Buddha bless us all and make our planet peaceful and prosperous.”
This is PM Modi’s fifth visit to Nepal since 2014, but the first since the India-Nepal border row.
Differences were witnessed by the two nations after Nepal’s previous K P Oli-led government issued a new political map in which it claimed disputed areas in the Kalapani region as its own.
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