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Highlights: India supports a united, prosperous and strong Nepal, says PM Modi

PM Narendra Modi held bilateral talks with his Nepalese counterpart KP Oli on the first day of his two-day state visit to Nepal and the two leaders issued a joint statement in Kathmandu. Read the highlights below:

india Updated: May 11, 2018 21:45 IST
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Prime Minister Narendra Modi and Nepalese Prime Minister Khadga Prasad Oli flag off a bus service between Janakpur in Nepal and Ayodhya in India in Janakpur on May 11.(AP Photo)

Prime Minister Narendra Modi arrived in Nepal on Friday on a two-day state visit.

Modi began his trip from Janakpur where he offered special prayers at the Ram Janaki Mandir, making him the first Indian Prime Minister to do so with “khodasopachar” rituals.

On the first day, Prime Minister Modi met his Nepalese counterpart KP Oli and held delegation-level talks.

Below are the updates:

9.20 pm: PM Modi says he talked about Ramayan and Buddha circuits with his Nepalese counterpart.

9.18 pm: We won’t let the open border between Nepal and India be misused: PM Modi

9.11 pm: “I am visiting Nepal at a very special time, when elections have been successfully conducted here at federal, provincial and local levels. India stands shoulder to shoulder with the people of Nepal,” says PM Modi

9.10 pm: PM Modi says relations between India and Nepal is like family.

9.10 pm: This is my third visit to Nepal as Prime Minister. The people of Nepal have always considered me as one of their own as have always welcomed me warmly, says PM Modi.

9.09 pm: I requested Modi Ji to facilitate the exchange of demonetised currency notes held in the Nepali banking system and by general public, at the earliest, says Nepal Prime Minister.

9.08 pm: We have agreed to address all matters by September 19, on our constitution Day: Nepal PM KP Oli in Kathmandu.

9.00 pm: Relations between neighbours are different from others. Neighbours have always been our top priority: Nepal PM

8.50 pm: PM Modi holds delegation-level talks with Nepal Prime Minister KP Oli.

8.10 pm: PM Narendra Modi and Nepal PM KP Oli lay the foundation stone of Arun III- Hydro power project in Kathmandu.

6.55 pm:Prime Minister Narendra Modi meets Nepal PM KP Sharma Oli in Kathmandu.

6.32 pm: PM Narendra Modi meets Nepal President Bidhya Devi Bhandari and vice president Nanda Bahadur Pun in Kathmandu.

5.15 pm: PM Narendra Modi accorded guard of honour at Tundikhel Army Parade Ground in Kathmandu. Nepal PM KP Sharma Oli also present.

5.10 pm: Modi arrives at Tundikhel Army Parade Ground in the Nepal capital.

4.50 pm: PM Modi meets Nepal foreign minister, Pradeep Kumar Gyawali in Kathmandu.

3.10pm: PM Modi has arrived in Kathmandu where he will hold delegation level talks with his counterpart KP Oli.

1.40pm: India will grant Rs 100 crores to Nepal to develop Janakpur and its surrounding areas: PM Modi

1.27pm: Nepal comes first in our ‘Neighbourhood Policy,’ says PM Modi.

When I talk about ‘Sabka Saath Sabka Vikas’, I not only talk about India but also about neighbouring countries. I always want the development of our neighbours. Today, I’m happy that Nepal is developing rapidly, says Modi.

1.25pm: History is proof that whenever there has been a problem, India & Nepal have stood together. We have been there for each other in the most difficult of times: PM Modi.

1.15pm: People of India and Nepal are bound by mutual respect and admiration for each other. Nepal has been a tourism spot for decades for spiritualism. India’s faith is incomplete without Nepal, PM Modi says in Janakpur.

1.10pm: The Indo-Nepal relationship dates back to Treta Yug. King Janak & King Dashratha not only united Janakpur and Ayodhya but also united India and Nepal: PM Narendra Modi during the civic reception in Janakpur.

1.08pm: It was my long due wish to visit the land of Goddess Sita & offer my prayers. Today, I am extremely happy and grateful that I got this opportunity: PM Modi.

11:42am: Janakpur and Ayodhya are being connected. This is a historic moment: PM

11:38am: 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 nation, says PM Modi at the launch of bus service between Janakpur-Ayodhya, in Janakpur.

11:40am: I am glad to be here in Janakpur. I am here to pay respects to King Janak and Mata Janaki. I thank the PM of Nepal Shri Oli for accompanying me during this visit to Janakpur: PM

11:15am: PM Modi arrives at Janki temple in Nepal’s Janakpur, is received by Nepal PM KP Oli

10:35am: PM Modi arrives at Nepal’s Janakpur airport. Defence minister Ishwar Pokhrel and Province 2 Chief Minister Lalbabu Raut receive him at the airport.

9:14am: After Janakpur, Modi will fly to Kathmandu to hold meetings with Oli, President Bidhya Devi Bhandari, Vice President Nanda Bahadur Pun and leaders of the major political parties.

9:12am: Modi will then be offered a civic reception at the Bahrabigaha’s Rangabhoomi ground where he is likely to address the people gathered to welcome him.

9:10am: Nepal Prime Minister KP Sharma Oli and Modi will jointly inaugurate the Ramayan Circuit Bus Route connecting Janakpur to Ayodhya. The Ramayan Circuit is one among the 13 tourist circuits under the “Swadesh Darshan Scheme” of India.

(With inputs from agencies)

First Published: May 11, 2018 09:21 IST