Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Thursday flew to Nepal and will take part in the 4th Bay of Bengal Initiative for Multi-Sectoral Technical and Economic Cooperation (BIMSTEC) Summit in the capital city Kathmandu. PM Modi will be in Kathmandu on a two-day visit from August 30 to 31. BIMSTEC consists of Bangladesh, Bhutan, India, Myanmar, Nepal, Sri Lanka and Thailand, seven countries which lie near the Bay of Bengal.
Here are the LIVE updates on PM Modi's Nepal visit:
#03:30 pm: Prime Minister Narendra Modi arrives at the inaugural session of the 4th BIMSTEC Summit in Kathmandu.
#02:30 pm: PM Narendra Modi had a bilateral meeting with Sri Lankan President Maithripala Sirisena on the sidelines of BIMSTEC Summit in Kathmandu.
Neighbourhood First! PM @narendramodi had a bilateral meeting with Sri Lankan President Maithripala Sirisena on the sidelines of BIMSTEC Summit in Kathmandu. Good and positive exchange of views on strengthening development cooperation and other areas of bilateral relationship. pic.twitter.com/sGhLPe3jhQ— Raveesh Kumar (@MEAIndia) August 30, 2018
# 11:55 am: BIMSTEC leaders including PM Narendra Modi and Bangladesh PM Sheikh Hasina meet Nepal President Bidhya Devi Bhandari in Kathmandu.
Leaders of BIMSTEC nations met President Bidya Devi Bhandari of Nepal. pic.twitter.com/jzOBJqcNTO— PMO India (@PMOIndia) August 30, 2018
# 09:01 am: PM Narendra Modi is welcomed by Nepal's Defence Minister Ishwar Pokhrel in Kathmandu.
# 08:50 am: PM Narendra Modi meets world leaders in Kathmandu for the Bay of Bengal Initiative for Multi-Sectoral Technical and Economic Cooperation BIMSTEC summit.
# 08:45 am: PM Narendra Modi arrives in Kathmandu for BIMSTEC summit.
# 06:50 am: Prime Minister Narendra Modi leaves for a two-day visit to Nepal. He will participate in 4th BIMSTEC Summit in Kathmandu.
Delhi: Prime Minister Narendra Modi leaves for a two-day visit to Nepal. He will participate in 4th BIMSTEC Summit in Kathmandu. pic.twitter.com/cpiqaPDtUt— ANI (@ANI) August 30, 2018
During his visit, PM Modi will also hold an informal summit with Bangladeshi Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina along with leaders of Bhutan, Myanmar, Sri Lanka and Thailand on the side-lines of BIMSTEC in Kathmandu.
The Prime Minister landed in Kathmandu a short while ago. He will be taking part in the BIMSTEC Summit being held in the city. pic.twitter.com/KtNOAHXpkj— PMO India (@PMOIndia) August 30, 2018
The prime minister will hand over the Nepal Bharat Maitri Dharmashala built in the Pashupatinath temple complex in Indian aid to Nepal.
On Wednesday, talking about the BIMSTEC summit, PM Modi said his visit to Kathmandu symbolises India's highest priority to its neighbourhood and a strong commitment to continue deepening ties with the "extended neighbourhood" in South-East Asia.
"I am confident that the 4th BIMSTEC summit will further consolidate the progress made thus far under BIMSTEC, and will chart the course for building a peaceful and prosperous Bay of Bengal Region," the prime minister added.