Visit to Nepal intended to further deepen 'time-honoured' linkages: PM Modi
It will be the prime ministers fifth visit to Nepal since 2014.I look forward to offering prayers at the Mayadevi Temple on the auspicious occasion of Buddha Jayanti.
He said both sides will continue to build on the shared understanding to expand cooperation in multiple areas, including hydropower, development, and connectivity.
''Our ties with Nepal are unparalleled. The civilizational and people-to-people contacts between India and Nepal form the enduring edifice of our close relationship,'' Modi said in his departure statement.
''My visit is intended to celebrate and further deepen these time-honored linkages that have been fostered through centuries and recorded in our long history of intermingling,'' he said.
''I look forward to offering prayers at the Mayadevi Temple on the auspicious occasion of Buddha Jayanti. I am honored to follow in the footsteps of millions of Indians to pay reverence at the sacred site of Lord Buddha's birth,'' Modi said.
''We will continue to build on our shared understanding to expand cooperation in multiple areas, including in hydropower, development, and connectivity,'' he added.
The prime minister will also participate in the foundation laying ceremony for the construction of a center for Buddhist culture and heritage in Lumbini.
''Apart from visiting the holy Mayadevi Temple, I will be participating in the 'Shilanyas' ceremony of the India International Centre for Buddhist Culture and Heritage in the Lumbini Monastic Zone,'' Modi said.
The prime minister said he will also be attending celebrations to mark the occasion of Buddha Jayanti being organized by the government of Nepal.
''I have a feeling that the conversation between the two leaders will have a comprehensive agenda, will cover the entire scope of our discussions,'' he said at a media briefing.
It said the upcoming visit of Modi will contribute to further strengthening the bilateral relations and the age-old socio-cultural bonds between the two countries.
Nepal's access to the sea is through India, and it imports a predominant proportion of its requirements from and through India.
The India-Nepal Treaty of Peace and Friendship of 1950 forms the bedrock of the special relations between the two countries.
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