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Nepal's Prime Minister KP Oli Receives Ceremonial Reception at Rashtrapati Bhavan

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| April 7 , 2018 , 12:43 IST

Nepal's Prime Minister KP Oli reached India for a three-day overseas trip on Friday and was received by Home Minister Rajnath Singh at the airport. He received a ceremonial welcome at the Rashtrapati Bhavan today in presence of President Ram Nath Kovind and Prime Minister Narendra Modi.

"No other countries in the world have the bonds of friendship and cooperation that exist between India and Nepal. Regular exchanges of visits at the highest political level demonstrate the priority that we attach to our special partnership," tweeted President Kovind.

After taking charge as Nepal's Prime Minister for the second term in February, this is PM Oli's first trip to India. In line with the tradition of a Nepalese premier, his trip is focused on implementing past agreements signed between Nepal and India, rather than signing new ones.

"We want to maintain trustful (ties) with India and clear any suspicion in the bilateral relations," Oli had said. Apart from signing various deals during the trio, Oli is expected to bring up the previously promised infrastructure projects for completion. 

He met PM Narendra Modi at the Hyderabad House in Delhi to have bilateral talks. The duo will push a button to virtually lay the foundation stone of the 900 MW Arun III hydroelectric project that the Sutlej Jal Vikas Nigam will build at a cost of $ 1.5 billion.

Earlier today, PM Oli along with his wife Radhika Shakya paid tribute to Mahatma Gandhi at Raj Ghat. On Friday, Oli had met Congress President Rahul Gandhi and former Prime Minister Manmohan Singh and discussed "various dimensions of Nepal-India relations".

"Friendship is very important. We have developed our friendship according to time with a purpose to eradicate poverty, improve living standards. Our friendship is historical, renewed, developed and is very fruitful. Looking ahead and not looking back," Nepal's PM said.

Oli is scheduled to hold high-level delegation talks with top leaders including Home Minister Rajnath Singh and External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj. He will also call on President Ram Nath Kovind and Vice-President Venkaiah Naidu.

A pact for constructing a railway network connecting Indian cities with Kathmandu and other Nepali cities is expected to be signed, apart from some others pertaining to agriculture research, education and training.   PM Modi is also willing to revise the 1950 Treaty of Peace and Friendship between India and Nepal.