Published: Sun, April 08, 2018
Global Media | By Garry Long

Narendra Modi: India's contribution towards Nepal development will continue

Narendra Modi: India's contribution towards Nepal development will continue

India's indifferent response to the blockade by the United Democratic Madhesi Front had triggered speculation about New Delhi's tacit support for the protest against Nepal's Constitution for not factoring in proportional representation to the Madhesis who have Indian ancestry. The Nepalese PM said that his government believes in building a "trust based" relationship between India and Nepal.

Analysts say the proposed Kathmandu-India railway is India's answer to China's Tibet railway and its growing trade and investment in Nepal.

Prime Minister Narendra Modi said India would also help Nepal in the field of agriculture through organic farming, soil testing and education in farming. The announcement comes after talks between Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi and his Nepalese counterpart Khadga Prasad Oli. 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.

Apart from the main joint statement, both sides also issued three separate joint statements India-Nepal: New Partnership in Agriculture, Expanding Rail Linkages: Connecting Raxaul in India to Kathmandu in Nepal and New Connectivity between India and Nepal through Inland Waterways.

He asserted that the future of the ties between India and Nepal lied "in the expansion of the economic facility and improving investments". Nepal has also signed a host of trade and transit pacts with China.

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Two-way trade between India and Nepal stood at $4.8 billion in 2015-16. The treaty essentially paved the way for Nepal to access Chinese ports, but India was not pleased.

Oli renewed his invitation to Modi to pay a visit to Nepal at the earliest.

The Nepalese prime minister asserted that his country needs support from its friends saying: "relations among neighbours is different from other relations". 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. This ICP will be the new highway of centuries-old geographical, historical, social, economic and cultural relations between India and Nepal. We have developed our friendship according to time with a objective to eradicate poverty, improve living standards.

India has a very long history of participation in the development of Nepal.

"Inter-dependence takes many forms between our countries". Relations among neighbours is different from other relations. They rest on principles of equality and justice. "It is the quest for Health For All that inspired us to create Ayushman Bharat, the largest healthcare programme in the world".

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