PM Modi and Nepalese counterpart Prachanda hold talks on strengthening India- Nepal ties

PM Modi and Nepalese PM Pushpakamal Dahal

New Delhi 05 June,2023. PM Pushpa Kamal Dahal ‘Prachanda’ of Nepal arrived in New Delhi for four days visit on Wednesday 31st May, 2023. Prachanda who took first bilateral trip abroad as the leader of 68 years old communist party of Nepal maoist after taking office in Dec 2022 met Indian PM Modi on Thursday 1st June 2023 at the Hyderabad house for talks that focusing on transforming the tie between India and Nepal with cooperation in areas of energy, infrastructure, connectivity, trade.

PM Prachanda was earlier perceived as being pro-china with a view of US and India as “imperialistic and hegemonic forces.”

However, the PM kind of is now widely expected to assure India thet he amenable to aligning with it to basically contain the influence of China. He essentially has been definitely keen on the visit, and actually said he specifically wants to literally do something in the bilateral relationship

PM modi after wide-ranging talks with his Nepalese counterpart said, India and Nepal will particularly strive to take their relationship to Himalayan heights and unravel the boundary trouble and all fairly such things in the spirit.

PM Modi with his Nepalese counterpart Pushpakamal Dahal

In this talks, PM modi and Nepalese PM prachanda took many important decisions to make relationship between India and Nepal ‘super hit’ in the future. Prime ministers of both the countries inaugurated numbers of project, signed seven agreements.

PM Modi and Nepalese PM Prachanda made announcement to take relationship to “Himalayan heights” , a second intra- County petroleum pipeline which is result of revised trade and transit agreement, fresh joint hydropower project and new long-term  trading agreement that will enable India import from Nepal 10,000 MW of power in next 10 years.

Nepalese PM and PM modi launched several projects which are handling over kurtha-bijalpur section of railway line, inaugural runs of an Indian railways cargo train from bathnaha(India) to Nepal custom yard which is newly constructed rail link under Indian grant, inaugration of integrated checkpost at Nepalganj(Nepal) and Rupaidiha(India), ground breaking ceremony of ICP at bhairahawa(Nepal) and sonauli(India), ground breaking ceremony of phase -II facilitate under motihari- amlekhganj petroleum pipeline.

Both the PM signed seven MoU which are Renewal of the india-nepal treaty of transit between government of India and government of Nepal, MoU between government of India and government of Nepal for cooperation in the field of petroleum Infrastructure, MoU between government of India and government of Nepal for development of infrastructure at Dodhara chandini checkpost along indo-nepal border, project development agreement of lower Arun hydroelectric project between SJVM and investment bank of Nepal, MoU between Sushma swaraj institute of foreign service and institute of foreign affairs of Nepal, MoU between NPCIL and NCHL Nepal for cross border payment, MoU between NHPC and VUCL Nepal for the development of phukot karnali hydropower project.

PM Modi also share the ‘HIT’ formula for India Nepal relations. PM Modi during the press meeting at Hyderabad House in Delhi said “I remember, 9 years ago, in 2014, I made my first visit to Nepal. At that time I had given a “hit” formula for India-Nepal relations – Highways, I-ways, and Trans-ways. I had said that we will establish such contacts between India-Nepal that our borders do not become barriers between us. Today Nepal PM and I have taken many important decisions to make our partnership a super hit in the future.”

Nepalese PM Prachanda keen to seen as respecting the sentiments of nepali hindu by including Indore and Ujjain – cities with lord Shiva temples in his itinerary. where he also attend the dinner hosted by CM of Madhya Pradesh.

Thus, by considering all these agreements and MoU between the India and Nepal this India’s visit of Nepalese PM became significant in strengthening the India- Nepal relations.

Written by: SUDHANSHU SAINI

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