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India, Nepal vow to strengthen bilateral ties

09 April 2018

They appreciated the progress made in the implementation of Phase-I of the India-Nepal cross-border rail link projects.

In another Joint Statement on a key connectivity noted: "The Prime Ministers of India and Nepal recognised the untapped potential of inland waterways to contribute towards overall economic development of the region". In fact, India should have long learnt not to expect any special relationship with Kathmandu, but build normal friendly ties with stakes in Nepal's stability.

After the talks, Prime Minister Narendra Modi said India will always stand by Nepal in its quest for all-round growth, asserting that deeper cooperation between the neighbours will strengthen democracy in Nepal.

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Referring to the Green Revolution, which led to the modernization of agricultural techniques in India, Oli said that Nepal was also looking at a similar initiative which can boost the country's agricultural sector. No other countries in the world have the bonds of friendship and cooperation that exist between India and Nepal.

During the talks the two countries agreed to conduct feasibility studies regarding construction of Raxaul- Kathmandu railway line and operating Nepalese steamers to transport goods and people from Nepal to other countries, he said.

"We want to maintain trustful (ties) with India and clear any suspicion in the bilateral relations", Oli had said.

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Prime Minister of Nepal K.P. Sharma OlSaturday called on the President of India, Ram Nath Kovind, at Rashtrapati Bhavan. Then after that, PM Modi invited him to visit India while he congratulated him over the phone for his win. We have established two agricultural varsities in Nepal which are still in the primary stage. Mr. Oli participated in the convocation of the University before completing his tree-day visit in India. Commenting on the apprehensions expressed by India over Nepal's participation in OBOR, Oli told Indian news agency ANI, "I think we are neutral". Dalela said almost 18 months ago, India had issued a set of guidelines to bring transparency in the regulatory mechanism for cross-border trade in power. "We both agree to accelerate work on projects like Arun-3, Pancheshwar and Saptakosi-Sunkosi", PM Modi said.

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India, Nepal vow to strengthen bilateral ties