NEW DELHI — Prime Minister KP Sharma Oli, who is on a three-day state visit to India, today held extensive deliberations with his Indian counterpart Prime Minster Naredra Modi, covering entire expanse of bilateral relationship and vowed to boost ties in key areas of connectivity, defence, security and trade.
During a joint press conference at the Hyderabad House in New Delhi, Indian PM Modi congratulated KP Oli on his electoral victory and hailed the people of Nepal for reposingtheir faith in the democratic process at the provincial and central levels.
“This is a matter of joy for us in India”, the Mr Modi said., adding, “PM Oli’s vision of ‘prosperous Nepal and developed Nepal’ is compatible to ‘sabka sath sabka vikas (collective efforts inclusive growth)'”, Mr. Modi said.
Modi said India will continue to support Nepal as per that country’s priorities, adding both sides have agreed to expedite all connectivity projects. Modi also said the two countries agreed on laying a new railway line to link Kathmandu with India.
Modi said that Nepal would gain access to coast with inland waterways. “Sagarmatha ( Mt Everest) will be connected to Sagar(ocean)”, he said.
He said cooperation between the two countries will enhance Nepal’s democracy.
Promising to expedite the Arun 3, Pancheshwar, and Saptakoshi projects, the Prime Minister also wanted the borders to be safe. “Both the countries are committed to prevent abuse of open borders”, Mr. Modi said.
PM Oli, on his part, said, he has come to India to take the bilateral ties between the two countries to newer heights commensurate with the realities of the 21st century.
“We want to erect a strong edifice of trust-based relationship between the two close neighbours that we are,” he said.
“Nepal has great importance to its relations to India. We have many things to offer each other ranging from economical to commercial. Prosperity is our common goal,” said Oli.
“I and Modi noted the ongoing works to understand the overall growth of our bilateral ties and discussed developmental projects. Infrastructure and connective are vital agendas of this visit,” he added.
Oli and Modi held bilateral talks this afternoon. He also met top Indian leaders including External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj. He will meet Home Minister Rajnath Singh later this evening.
176 trafficked Nepalis rescued from Indo-Myanmar border
KATHMANDU — At least 176 Nepali men and women, who were being trafficked into Myanmar, have been rescued by Manipur police and activists from different parts of Manipur, a northeastern state of India, in the last two days.
On their second day of rescue operation, the Tengnoupal police have rescued atleast 20 Nepalis including 5 women and 15 men, from a Hotel in Moreh town,Imphal Free Press, an English-language daily published from Manipur has reported.
The Moreh police have rescued as many as 60 nationals of Nepal including 45 women and 15 men.
Earlier, over 105 Nepali women were rescued from Moreh and Imphal, the report stated.
The police team have also arrested the main suspect in the trafficking case identified as Madan Kumar Kharel, 52, Hailing from 07 Prithvinagar, Jhapa, Nepal.
The accused is reportedly responsible for bringing 20 of the 40 Nepali girls who were rescued from Moreh on Friday.
Meanwhile, Police also rescued 51 Nepalis from Imphal including 38 women and 13 men during Saturday rescue operations.