India supports ‘united, prosperous and strong’ Nepal, says Modi

Source: The Hitavada      Date: 12 May 2018 09:15:02




PRIME Minister Narendra Modi on Friday said that India supports a “united, prosperous and strong” Nepal as he strongly backed his Nepalese counterpart K P Sharma Oli’s vision to transform the land-locked Himalayan nation into a land- and water-linked country. Modi made the remarks at a joint press meet after a one-on-one meeting with Oli which was followed by marathon delegation-level talks during which the two sides had extensive discussion on all aspects of the bilateral relationship.

“India supports a united, prosperous and strong Nepal,” Modi asserted after Oli in his remarks said that Nepal’s desire is to create a strong relationship underpinned by mutual trust so that it is not affected by any “occasional or intermittent differences that are natural between neighbours.”Oli was apparently referring to the strain in bilateral ties after the adoption of a new Constitution by Nepal in 2015 that divided Nepal into seven provincial units and marginalised Madhesis, who are largely of Indian-origin and inhabitants of the Terai.

Modi, who jointly with Oli laid the foundation stone of the 900-megawatt Arun III Hydroelectric Power Plant in Tumlingtar area in eastern Nepal through a remote system here, said it was one of the biggest projects in Nepal and generate jobs. He said India would invest Rs 6,000 crores in the project. “We are committed to support Prime Minister Oli’s vision that Nepal should not be a land-locked country but a land- and water-linked nation,” he said.