Published: Sun, April 08, 2018
Worldwide | By Lisa Hogan

India, Nepal comitted to stopping misuse of open borders: Modi

India, Nepal comitted to stopping misuse of open borders: Modi

Prior to Oli's visit, India had made its stance clear that Nepal may give as many dam projects to China as the country wished but India wouldn't be in a position to buy the energy produced. "So, we both agree that we have to move ahead with the hopes and expectations of a public-centered vision, the common goals of development, and the happiness and prosperity of the people of both the countries", Modi said in the media statement after the talks.

The statement on expanding rail linkages said the two agreed to construct a new electrified rail line, with India's financial support, connecting the border city of Raxaul to Kathmandu.

Nepal is a key neighbour of India, sharing a border of 1,850 km with five Indian states of Sikkim, West Bengal, Bihar, Uttar Pradesh and Uttarakhand - and in the north with China.

Acknowledging India's continued support to Nepal, Oli said, "We want to erect a strong edifice of trust-based relationship between the two close neighbours that we are". "I have come to India with an aim to enhance our relations to newer heights commensurate with the realities of the 21st century", he said amidst concerns in India over China making inroads into the Himalayan republic.

April 7, 2018-Indian President Ram Nath Kovind has said that India wants to see a peaceful and prosperous Nepal.

President Ram Nath Kovind will later hold a meeting with the Nepal PM to discuss upon a range of bilateral issues of India and Nepal.

The visit of the newly-elected Nepalese prime minister Khadga Prasad Sharma Oli to India is an opportunity for both countries to mend fences. Modi also hailed successful conduct of national polls in Nepal under the provisions of the new constitution that has seen Oli's leftist coalition alliance win a strong three-fourths majority. We have developed our friendship according to time with a objective to eradicate poverty, improve living standards.

The Nepalese Prime Minister underscored the significance of friendship at the Rashtrapati Bhavan, saying, "Friendship is most important and there is no comparison with friendship". Relations among neighbours is different from other relations.

The two leaders directed their respective officials to formulate modalities for including inland waterways as an additional means of transport in the Protocol to the Treaty of Transit between India and Nepal. They rest on principles of equality and justice. Oli assured that "Nepal will extend full cooperation for early completion of the requisite surveys for the new rail line".

"We need to boost our relationship". The two Prime Ministers also witnessed the ground-breaking ceremony of the Motihari-Amlekhgunj cross-border petroleum products pipeline at Motihari. India announced new partnerships to develop the inland waterways for movement of cargo and in the agriculture sector.

This is Oli's first foriegn trip after returning to power for the second term in February.

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