April 21, 2018

India visit was significant and fruitful: Oli

09 April 2018, 04:36 | Rufus Hill

Prime Minister KP Sharma Oli receives a guard of honour at Rastrapati Bhavan in New Delhi India on Saturday

Prime Minister KP Sharma Oli receives a guard of honour at Rastrapati Bhavan in New Delhi India on Saturday

India will also help Nepal in defense and agriculture. Despite India's massive amount of assistance in the aftermath of the devastating quake in April 2015, relations with Nepal have taken a substantial hit after India's support to the Madhesi community during Nepal's constitutional crisis and the economic blockade that followed. Nepal is strategic point between India and China. So much so that Nepal is likely to give contracts to Chinese companies for several hydropower projects.

Oli's three-day visit is in line with the tradition of a Nepalese premier visiting India on his first overseas trip. It was a recognition of this reality that made Prime Minister Narendra Modi tell the Nepal PM that India's bilateral assistance would be directed by the priorities set by Kathmandu. Oli said "amity with all and enmity with none" was the motto of Nepal's foreign policy.

Modi also said that the two governments were committed to preventing the misuse of the open border between India and Nepal.

Oli, who had publicly criticised New Delhi for interfering in Nepal's internal matters and accused it of toppling his government, after his sweeping poll victory said his party would forge a partnership with India to move forward the country towards the path of economic prosperity. He promised to build a strong edifice of trust with his much larger neighbor. But India surrounds Nepal on three sides and provides oil and other goods to the country. "Regular exchanges of visits at the highest political level demonstrate the priority that we attach to our special partnership", Kovind tweetd.

Prime Minister Modi also outlined the commonalities between his Sabka Saath Sabka Vikas motto and PM Oli's Samridh Nepal, Sukhi Nepali vision. Later, PM Modi extended an invitation to him for a visit to India while congratulating Mr Oli over phone on his win. He visited India in February 2016 during his first term.

Nepal Prime Minister K P Sharma Oli being conferred Honorary Degree of Doctor of Science by Uttarakhand Governor K K Paul at Uttarakhand-based G B Pant University of Agriculture and Technology.

The highlight of the deal is the extension of Qinghai-Tibet railway to Lumbini of Nepal via Rasuwagadi, Kathmandu and Pokhara.

"Enhanced connectivity will definitely contribute to our desire to be a land-linked country instead of land-locked", Oli said in Delhi following talks with Modi. "Today we reviewed the progress in various such connectivity projects".

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