The border dispute and other issues will be resolved in this spirit as India and Nepal work to elevate their relationship to Himalayan heights, according to Prime Minister Narendra Modi, who spoke with his colleague Pushpakamal Dahal, a.k.a. “Prachanda,” on Thursday.
After the meetings, Modi released a statement to the media in which he claimed that he and Prachanda had made a number of crucial choices that would make their cooperation a “super hit” in the future, even as they remotely launched many initiatives and set the cornerstone for others.
The expansion of the cross-border oil pipeline, the creation of integrated checkpoints, and enhancing collaboration in hydroelectric power were just a few of the seven agreements that the two sides inked.
The updated transit treaty between India and Nepal was one of the major agreements concluded.
“We’ll keep trying to reach Himalayan heights in our relationship. And in this spirit, we will settle all disputes, whether they are boundary-related or not, Modi remarked in Prachanda’s presence.
Modi also said that after becoming prime minister nine years ago, he made fostering relationships with Nepal a priority.
“I recall that I made my first trip to Nepal three months after entering office nine years ago, in 2014. Highways, I-ways, and Trans-ways was the ‘hit’ formula I provided at the time for improving India-Nepal ties, Modi said.
In order to prevent our borders from acting as a barrier to one another, he stated, “I had said that we will establish a relationship between India and Nepal.”
After nine years, Modi said he was pleased to declare that “our partnership has been really a ‘hit’.” Following their discussions, the two leaders essentially created integrated checkpoints in Nepalgunj and Rupaidiha, India. Additionally, they essentially waved off a freight train from Bathnaha in Bihar to the Nepali customs yard.
PM Prachanda and I determined that initiatives relating to the Ramayana circuit should be hastened in order to further promote cultural and religious links, Modi stated.
Prachanda said in his remarks that he and Modi had a “extensive review” of the development in their relationship and reaffirmed their commitment to fortifying their connections and working together.
The prime minister of Nepal expressed his appreciation for Modi’s “neighbourhood first policy”.
“Nepal and India have long-standing and complex connections. This relationship is based on a strong foundation created by the two nations’ steadfast adherence to the time-tested principles of sovereign equality, reciprocal respect, understanding, and cooperation, as well as by the long history of societal, cultural, and economic ties between them.
According to him, the two sides spoke about ways to increase their collaboration in a variety of sectors, including commerce, transportation, investment, hydropower, power trade, irrigation, power transmission lines, petroleum pipeline extension, building integrated checkpoints, and connectivity for land and air travel.
“Under PM Modi’s capable leadership, India’s economic and development environment has seen a tremendous transition. I extend my congratulations to Prime Minister Modi on his completion this week of nine years in office with significant accomplishments on several fronts, Prachanda remarked.
On a four-day visit, the Nepalese president landed here on Wednesday.
In terms of India’s general strategic interests in the area, Nepal is significant, and the leaders of the two nations often discuss their long-standing “Roti-Beti” connection, which refers to cross-border marriages between citizens of the two nations.
With five Indian states — Sikkim, West Bengal, Bihar, Uttar Pradesh, and Uttarakhand — the nation has a border of more than 1,850 kilometers.
India is a major source of transportation for Nepal, a landlocked country.
India provides Nepal with access to the sea, and Nepal imports a large amount of its needs from and via India.
The foundation of the unique ties between the two nations is the 1950 India-Nepal Treaty of Peace and Friendship.