Prime Minister Narendra Modi meets Nepal PM KP Oli
Apr 08 2018
Prime Minister Narendra Modi shakes hands with his Nepalese counterpart Khadga Prasad Oli.
The ties were further strained after Nepal made a decision to join China's One Belt One Road amid India's concerns that the Chinese initiative would harm its strategic and economic interests.
"We believe that enhanced connectivity between our countries will boost our economic growth and benefit our citizens".
Prime Minister Modi said there is a long history of India's contribution towards Nepal's development and assured Mr. Oli that it would continue in future. India was also seen as instrumental in triggering the collapse of a fragile coalition government in Nepal, leading to Oli's resignation as prime minister in August 2016. "We will work together to stop misuse of our open border", he said. India announced new partnerships to develop the inland waterways for movement of cargo and in the agriculture sector. PM Modi and Nepal PM KP Sharma Oli jointly inaugurated India - Nepal petroleum products pipeline and an Integrated Check Post at Birgunj near Bihar, Nepal border. After that the Indian establishment went out of its way to woo Oli and rebuild trust. "We need support and cooperation of friends". Our friendship is historical, renewed, developed and is very fruitful.
Nepal is critically dependent for connectivity on India, which surrounds the country on three sides. Relations among neighbours is different from other relations. "It is the quest for Health For All that inspired us to create Ayushman Bharat, the largest healthcare programme in the world".
Asked whether the blockade continued to be an irritant, foreign secretary Vijay Gokhale told reporters that the effort of the two Premiers was to have a forward-looking relationship by building more linkages between the two countries. And so, today we have started a new partnership in the agricultural sector and through this partnership, we will extend our cooperation on subjects like organic farming, animal husbandry, soil testing, agricultural research and agricultural education.I am happy that the prime minister Oli is taking out time to visit Pantnagar Krishi Vishwa Vidyalaya. But within months, Nepali Congress leader Sher Bahadur Deuba had taken over from Prachanda as Prime Minister, and by November he had cancelled the dam project, saying the agreement to build it had been done in an "irregular and thoughtless manner".
Oli arrived here on Friday on his first foreign trip after he returned to power for a second term in February.
On their arrival on a three-day visit at the IGI Airport on Friday, Oli and his wife Radika Shakya were received by Union Home Minister Rajnath Singh.