Modi’s Nepal visit will focus on building trust

Source: The Hitavada      Date: 10 May 2018 09:10:45



SPEEDY implementation of key India-assisted projects and building trust will be among the focus areas when Prime Minister Narendra Modi travels to Nepal on Friday, a visit reflective of attempts to bring back normalcy in Indo-Nepal ties after a spell of uneasiness.

Official sources said that during Modi’s two-day visit, India will seek to consolidate relationship with the new Nepalese Government of Prime Minister K P Sharma Oli who has returned to power riding on a spectacular electoral victory and now leads a stable dispensation after years of political instability.

The aim will also be to bring “substance” and “seriousness” in ties, a source said, while expressing the hope that “it will further build trust between the two neighbours”.
Asked whether India will press for amendment in Nepal’s Constitution as sought by Indian-origin Madhesi groups, the sources said that leaders from the community have already come to power in a province and that India will be observing the developments there.

The Prime Minister will also meet leaders of two Madhesi parties in Kathmandu. India’s assessment is that the internal power dynamics in Nepal is stable and the two Left parties CPN (Maoist Centre) and CPN-UML in the ruling alliance will merge.Both sides will deliberate on implementation of the ambitious rail project to link Kathmandu with Raxaul in Bihar and connecting landlocked Nepal through river transport system with India.