Modi holds talks with Oli; India and Nepal to take ties to 'newer heights'

07 April 2018, 02:33 PM
Modi holds talks with Oli, says India and Nepal to stop misuse of open border (Source- PTI)
Modi holds talks with Oli, says India and Nepal to stop misuse of open border (Source- PTI)

Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Saturday held talks with his Nepal counterpart KP Oli here and discussed several bilateral issues, including defence and security, to deepen ties between the neighbours.

In an effort to resolve bilateral issues and strengthen ties between the countries, the two prime ministers held talks on various bilateral issues at length.

After the talks with Oli, Modi told reporters that both countries have agreed to expedite all connectivity projects.

“We have agreed to expedite implementation of all connectivity projects... we have agreed on a new railway line to link Kathmandu with India,” he said.

Modi then said that India and Nepal will work together to stop misuse of the open border the two neighbours share.

“India and Nepal have close ties in defence and security. We will work together to stop misuse of our open border,” he said.

Acknowledging India's continued support to Nepal, Oli said, "We want to erect a strong edifice of trust-based relationship between the two close neighbours that we are".

“I have come to India to explore ways to enhance cooperation to newer heights,” Oli told reporters.

The Nepal prime minister was accorded a warm ceremonial welcome at the Rashtrapati Bhavan here on Saturday. He is on a three-day visit to India.

Oli’s visit is in line with the tradition of a Nepalese premier visiting India on his first overseas trip.

Modi had on Friday met Oli at the Prime Minister's official residence in the national capital.

First Published: Saturday, April 07, 2018 01:26 PM
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