PM Modi holds talks with a Nepalese counterpart

Prime Minister Narendra Modi held in-depth talks with his Nepalese counterpart Sher Bahadur Deuba on Saturday, who covered various key aspects of the close neighborly ties between the two countries. Deuba arrived in New Delhi on Friday accompanied by a high-level delegation for a three-day visit.

“A renewed opportunity to deepen the special bonds of friendship and cooperation between our two countries,” Foreign Ministry spokesman Arindam Bagchi said on Twitter ahead of the Modi-Deuba talks. Foreign Minister S Jaishankar visited Deuba on Friday evening.

It is Deuba’s first bilateral visit abroad after becoming prime minister for the fifth time in July last year following political unrest in Kathmandu. Deuba had visited India in each of his four previous terms as Prime Minister of Nepal. His last visit to India in his capacity as Prime Minister was in 2017.

Nepal is important to India in the context of its overall strategic interests in the region, and the two countries’ leaders have often referred to the age-old “Roti Beti” relationship. The country shares a 1,850km border with five Indian states – Sikkim, West Bengal, Bihar, Uttar Pradesh and Uttarakhand.

Landlocked Nepal relies heavily on India for the transportation of goods and services. Deuba is scheduled to visit Varanasi on Sunday. PM Modi holds talks with a Nepalese counterpart

Chris Barrese

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