Prime Minister Narendra Modi said on Saturday met Nepalese Deputy Prime Minister and Home Minister Bimalendra Nidhi here and assured him that India was “fully committed” to support the reconstruction work in Nepal after the devastating April 2015 earthquake.
“Relations between India and Nepal is not merely between the two Governments, but between the people of both countries,” Modi told Nidhi who is visiting India as a Special Envoy after the installation of a new government in the Himalayan nation and who called on him here.
“India is committed to strengthen the traditional bonds of friendship and kinship with the people of Nepal. India is fully committed to support the Government and the people of Nepal in the post-earthquake reconstruction efforts,” the PM added.
This is the first high-level visit from Nepal to India after the new Maoist-led government headed by Prime Minister Pushpa Kamal Dahal "Prachanda" took charge in Kathmandu earlier this month.
India is the largest donor to Nepal’s post-earthquake reconstruction efforts.
Nidhi briefed the Prime Minister about developments in Nepal.
Nidhi, who is on a four-day visit to India, on Friday called on External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj and Home Minister Rajnath Singh.
Sushma Swaraj assured Nidhi that India would work closely with the new Nepali government.
Nidhi called on President Pranab Mukherjee and reiterated President Bidya Devi Bhandari’s invitation to visit the Himalayan nation.
After coming to power, the new Maoist-led government said Nepal wanted to further strengthen bilateral relations with both India and China.
While Nidhi from the Nepali Congress was deputed to visit India as special envoy, Deputy Prime Minister and Minister for Finance Krishna Bahadur Mahara of Prachanda’s Communist Party of Nepal (Maoist-Centre) visited Beijing earlier this week.