Oli: India's help must for Nepal's 'Green Revolution'

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After a bilateral meeting the two leaders, Modi announced that the two countries had agreed on a railway link as well as inland water connectivity - Nepal will not only be "land-linked", Modi said, but also "water-linked". In a rare gesture, Modi sent Sushma Swaraj, India's external affairs minister, to Kathmandu to congratulate Oli and convey India's willingness to work with his government, even before Oli had become prime minister for the second time. While PM Oli's increasing proximity to China has been a concern for India, in a strategic move to build confidence between the leadership of the two countries, India focused on Nepal's discontent over pending projects and boosting connectivity for the land-locked nation.

During his visit to India as the first Premier of Federal Nepal Prime Minister Oli interacted and got engaged with Indian politicos.

"Our future lies in the expansion of economic engagement, namely growth of bilateral trade". While India is yet to start the Delhi-Kathmandu and Kolkata-Kathmandu railways to increase Nepal's connectivity with India, China is planning to complete the Lhasa-Kathmandu rail line by 2020-22.

Later, Foreign Secretary Vijay Gokhale, while briefing journalists, said the two Prime Ministers inaugurated the Integrated Check Post at Birgunj in Nepal. Notable also is the economic blockade by India to support the Madhesis, cutting off essentials from India to Nepal at the height of the stir, which troubled Nepal in harsh ways.

He, however, stressed that Nepal wants relations based on "equality, justice and respect".

Oli flew to New Delhi on Friday on a three-day state visit.

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The two leaders addressed the media where Prime Minister Narendra Modi said, "I believe my motto of Sabka Saath Sabka Vikas and Mr Oli's motto of Samriddh Nepal, Sukhi Nepal are complimentary".

We are bound together not only by a shared geography but by history, culture, civilisation and close people to people and familial ties.

Prime Minister Modi congratulated the people and the Nepalese government for successful conduct of local level, federal parliament and first-ever provincial elections in Nepal and appreciated their vision for stability, and development. During his three-day trip, India and Nepal are likely to take up pacts related to agriculture, research & development, education & training, and expansion of rail up to Kathmandu, reported IANS. They are more developed and more advanced than us.

In a joint statement, the two sides said, "The Prime Ministers of India and Nepal. took the landmark decision to develop the inland waterways for the movement of cargo, within the framework of trade and transit arrangements, providing additional access to sea for Nepal".

Giving examples, Prof Deepak says: "India's projects in Nepal such as Rs 331,080 million Pancheshwar multi-purpose project on Mahakali river envisaged in the 1990s and revived during Modi's Nepal visit, has not made much progress".

India laid out the red carpet for Oli and he was received by Home Minister Rajnath Singh and Rashtrapati Bhavan held a ceremonial banquet for him.

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