"PM assures Nepal of full cooperation in its development programmes"

The Prime Minister, Shri Narendra Modi, today had a meeting with the Prime Minister of Nepal, Shri Sushil Koirala. Delegation-level talks were also held between the two sides.

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Shri Narendra Modi highlighted that the biggest focus of the two nations should be development. “Sabka saath, sabka vikaas” is relevant for India’s neighbours too, he asserted.

Stressing the need for prioritizing infrastructure in the pace of development, Shri Narendra Modi said that the bridge of trust between the two nations should be strengthened.

Asserting that India respects Nepal’s sovereignty, the Prime Minister hoped that the process of Constitution-making would be completed soon.

The Prime Minister of Nepal, Shri Sushil Koirala endorsed the Prime Minister’s view we should work together with mutual confidence and trust. He sought India’s assistance in several development projects. Peace and stability are essential for development, he asserted. SR1_4797 _ 684

The Prime Minister appreciated the Constituent Assembly’s objective of a federal democratic republic

Later, three agreements were signed between India and Nepal, in the presence of the two Prime Ministers:

• Letter of Exchange for establishing Pancheswor Development Authority • MoU in the health sector for Goitre Control Programme • Cooperation between Doordarshan and Nepal TV The two Prime Ministers released a commemorative postage stamp to mark the visit of the Prime Minister of India.

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PM’s remarks at Banquet hosted by Shri Sushil Koirala, Prime Minister of Nepal

Today, the people of Nepal have shown how much love they have for me and the people of India. At many places in Kathmandu, people received me with such warmth, it shows the affection they have for the people of India.

I also felt that Nepal is moving ahead on the path of development with new hope and energy.

The process of Constitution-making is also moving forward.

Mr. Sushil Koirala’s struggle for democracy is an inspiration for all.

My doors are open, I invite you to bring any suggestions to review the 1950 Treaty, if you so want.

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