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PM Modi Makes 3rd Trip To Nepal, To Extend 'Neighbourhood First' Policy In 2-Day Visit

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| May 11 , 2018 , 12:32 IST

Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Friday morning reached Nepal for a 2 days visit at the invitation of Nepal's Prime Minister K P Sharma Oli. This is the third visit of PM Modi in Nepal after becoming PM and takes place soon after Nepali PM Oli's visit to India last month. 

In a statement ahead of the visit, PM Modi said, "These high-level and regular interactions reflect my government's commitment to the 'Neighbourhood First' policy, in consonance with the motto of ‘Sabka Saath, Sabka Vikas’."

He added, "Together, our two countries have completed several bilateral connectivity and development projects in the last few years, and have initiated transformational initiatives for the benefit of our two peoples."

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After arriving in Nepal, PM Narendra Modi along with his Nepalese counterpart PM KP Sharma Oli flagged off the Indo-Nepal bus service from Nepal's Janakpur to Uttar Pradesh's Ayodhya.

"India and Nepal will work towards building 'Ramayan' circuit between both the countries. This will act as foundation for strong people to people contact between the two nations," said PM Modi at the launch of bus service. 

During the visit, PM Modi will meet the Nepal President Bidya Devi Bhandari, Vice President Nanda Bahadur Pun and leaders of major political parties and make announcements about the bilateral ties between India and Nepal. He will hold the meetings in Kathmandu and will also offer prayers there.

PM will also be visiting Janakpur and Muktinath which promotes a large number of pilgrims every year.

PM Modi will lay the foundation stone for a 900-megawatt hydropower project "Arun III" in the eastern Nepal district of Sankhuwasabha on Friday evening.The project in Nepal will be handled by the Indian government-owned Sutlej Jal Vidyut Nigam.