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Modi meets Prachanda, leaders before leaving for home

| | Kathmandu | in Sunday Pioneer

Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Saturday left for home after wrapping up his two-day visit to Nepal during which he held talks with his Nepalese counterpart KP Sharma Oli and visited famed 20th century Janaki temple, Mukhtinath and Pashupatinath temples.

Modi boarded a special aircraft at the Tribhuvan International Airport to return home. Nepal Foreign Minister Pradip Gyawali bid farewell to him at the airport.

The Prime Minister also called on President Bidya Devi Bhandari and Vice-President Nanda Bahadur Pun and discussed the issues of mutual interest.

Modi met Nepal’s former prime ministers Prachanda and Sher Bahadur Deuba, and Opposition leaders and held wide-ranging discussions on ways to strengthen bilateral ties.

“PM Modi met Pushpa Kamal Dahal ‘Prachanda, Chairman of Communist Party of Nepal - MC (Maoist Centre). Exchanged views on strengthening views on bilateral relations,” Raveesh Kumar, official spokesperson of the Ministry of External Affairs, tweeted.

The two leaders also discussed various aspects relating to India-Nepal relations, the Prime Minister’s Office said in a tweet.

“Engaging across the political spectrum! President of Nepali Congress and former Prime Minister Sher Bahadur Deuba and other members of the Nepali Congress called on PM Modi in Kathmandu. Stronger India-Nepal relations enjoy broad political support,” Kumar tweeted.

Modi also met a delegation of the Rastriya Janata Party - Nepal, which was led by Mahanta Thakur and held “fruitful and extensive” discussions, Kumar tweeted.

Modi also congratulated the party on their recent electoral performance and exchanged views on deepening our bilateral relations with Nepal.

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.

This was the third visit of Prime Minister Modi to Nepal and the first high-level visit from India since the formation of the new Government in Nepal this year.

During a joint Press meet yesterday after a one-on-one meeting with Oli, Modi had said the open borders between India and Nepal plays an important role in the strong bilateral ties.

“We will not allow its misuse by anti-social elements,” Modi said after the marathon delegation-level talks during which the two sides had extensive discussion on all aspects of the bilateral relationship.




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