Update: April 7, 2018 5:26:34 pm
In what can be seen as a major attempt to revive the friendly relations between India and its neighboring Himalayas, Prime Minister Narendra Modi and his Nepali counterpart KP Sharma Oli held talks on Saturday in the areas of national defense, trade, agriculture and connectivity guided. The two leaders agreed to strengthen bilateral relations between the two countries.
Following the talks, PM Modi assured that Indian aid must always be available for Nepal's efforts to grow and prosper. He also emphasized that intensive cooperation between the two countries would help to strengthen a democratic ecosystem in politically unstable Nepal. His remarks were warmly reciprocated by PM Oli, who is otherwise reputed to have a close relationship with China. The Nepalese Prime Minister said his government believes in building a "trust-based" relationship between India and Nepal.
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"I came to India with the goal of corresponding our relations to new heights the realities of the 21st century, "said PM Oli, who served as Nepal's prime minister in his former term of office in 2015-16, a period in which India-Nepal relations worsened.
In a joint press release, PM Modi said the Nepalese Prime Minister's vision for a "prosperous Nepal and developed Nepal" is in sync with his vision of "sabka sath sabka vikas" (along with everything, development for all). Modi also praised the peaceful voting behavior in Nepal's national and provincial elections and praised the Nepalese people for their democratic ideals.6559006 PM Modi also announced that the two countries have agreed a new railway line linking Kathmandu with India, and both sides will try to strengthen the defense and security relations.
"We have strong relationships when it comes to security, and we will work together to stop the abuse of our open border," said Modi.
Meanwhile, PM Oli also invited PM Modi to visit Nepal. "I have invited PM Modi to visit Nepal at the earliest opportunity, I am confident that the visit will take place soon," he said.
PM Modi underscored the history of Indian-Nepalese relations and promised that this should continue in the future. He said India would also help Nepal to connect the country with the waterways, and both sides would also strengthen relations in the agricultural sector.
The Nepalese Prime Minister said his country needed support from his friends: "Relations between neighbors are different from other relationships, and this is based on mutual respect."  Prime Minister Oli, who had previously criticized the Indian government for refusing interfered in Nepal's internal affairs, accusing them of overthrowing his government after his electoral victory wished to forge his party, partnering with India to lead the country on the path of economic prosperity.
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