Nepal at top in India’s ‘Neighbourhood First’ policy: PM Modi (VIDEO)

Written by May 11, 2018 20:15

New Delhi: Prime Minister Narendra Modi today assured Nepal that it is at the top of India’s Neighbourhood First policy.

Speaking at a civic reception in Janakpur, Mr Modi said whenever there has been a problem, India and Nepal have stood together. Mr Modi also announced a 100 crore rupees package to develop Janakpur – the sacred city for Hindus.

India's Neighbourhood First policyEarlier, Mr Modi and his Nepalese counterpart KP Sharma Oli jointly inaugurated a direct bus service between Janakpur and Ayodhya – the two sacred cities for Hindus.

Mr Modi said he was happy to link Janakpur with Ramayan Circuit. He said this circuit will develop religious tourism and will also strengthen connectivity between the two nations.

He also announced that two other circuits will also be developed for the promotion of the areas related to Buddhism and Jain religion in both Nepal and India, which will be instrumental in generating employment for the youths.

Mr Modi said India will build a railway link between Raxaul in Bihar and Kathmandu to facilitate people-to-people contact and movement of goods.

PM Modi offered prayers at Janaki temple

Mr Modi arrived in Janakpur this morning on a two-day state visit to Nepal and directly went to the Janaki temple. Nepalese Prime Minister KP Sharma Oli welcomed Mr Modi upon his arrival at the temple complex.

India's Neighbourhood First policyMr Modi also offered special prayers at the Janaki temple. Mr Modi is the first Indian Prime Minister to hold such a worship ceremony at the temple. Janakpur is the birthplace of Sita, the wife of Lord Rama.

After completing his Janakpur leg of visit, Mr Modi arrived in Kathmandu this evening. Prime Minister was given ceremonial guard of honour at the Army Pavilion in Tundikhel. Nepal’s Foreign Minister Pradeep Kumar Gyawali also called on Mr Modi.

Modi, Nepal PM to lay foundation stone of hydro power project

Prime Minister also met Nepal’s President Bidya Devi Bhandari and Vice President Nanda Bahadur Pun.

India's Neighbourhood First policyMr. Modi will have one-on-one meeting with his Nepalese counterpart KP Sharma Oli, which will be followed by the delegation level talks. Both the prime ministers will also jointly lay foundation stone of 900 MW Arun-III hydro power project and make the press statement.

Mr. Modi will also meet former prime ministers of Nepal. He will attend banquet hosted by the Prime Minister Oli.