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Narendra Modi accorded guard of honour, meets Nepali Foreign Minister

12 May 2018

The Foreign Minister of Nepal, Pradip Kumar Gyawali termed Prime Minister Narendra Modi's Nepal visit as historic in many forms.

Commenting on Modi's series of meetings, Foreign Secretary Vijay Gokhale told reporters that the prime minister held "short but good meetings" with the Nepali leaders. He also said that the Kathmandu-Raxaul rail survey would begin soon, and India's Agriculture Minister will visit Nepal to discuss collaboration on agriculture.

PM Narendra Modi led the delegation-level talks with the Prime Minister of Nepal K.P Sharma Oli. He said the ties between the two countries dated back to the Treta Yug during King Janak's rule. The circuit is a part of Modi's vision to build a 650-km connectivity project. Oli said at a joint press briefing that the discussions were held in an open manner and it was very fruitful.

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Speaking to a crowd of thousands, Modi said: "Ayodhya is incomplete without Janakidham".

Similarly, Birgunj Chamber of Commerce and Industry and Janakpur chapter of Chamber of Commerce and Industry too had offered a garland weighing 125 kg.

IANS adds that in Janakpur, Modi launched the Janakpur-Ayodhya bus line and pledged Rs. 100 crore aid towards the city's development.

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Addressing the large gathering, Modi said: "Ayodhya is incomplete without Janakidham". "This visit reflects the high priority India attaches to friendly relations with Nepal".

"Our relations do not have any definition but it is based on language".

Ahead of his visit, Nepali home minister Ram Bahadur Thapa described the visit as "religious and cultural and not political". He later spoke in Nepali language. "It is a project which will have a transformative impact on Nepal's growth trajectory". We are also linking Nepal through the gas pipeline. "Nepal has created a history by conducting three levels of elections successfully", he said, identifying the five Ts - tradition, trade, tourism, technology and transport - as the main preconditions for development.

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Narendra Modi accorded guard of honour, meets Nepali Foreign Minister