Prime Minister Narendra Modi reached Kathmandu in Nepal on Thursday to attend the 4th BIMSTEC Summit that will focus on enhancing regional connectivity and boosting trade.
PM Modi received a ceremonial welcome at the Kathmandu airport as he was received by Ishwar Pokhrel, Deputy Prime Minister and Defence Minister of Nepal after landing in Nepal.
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In a statement before leaving for Nepal for the two-day summit, Modi said he would interact with the leaders of Bangladesh, Bhutan, Myanmar, Sri Lanka and Thailand on the margins of the summit whose theme is ‘Towards a peaceful, prosperous and sustainable Bay of Bengal region’.
“I also look forward to meeting Prime Minister of Nepal KP Sharma Oli and reviewing the progress we have made in our bilateral ties since my last visit to Nepal in May 2018,” he said.
The prime minister added he and Oli would inaugurate the Nepal Bharat Maitri Dharmashala at the Pashupatinath temple complex.
According to PM Modi, the Summit’s theme will enable the member-countries to shape a collective response to their common aspirations and challenges.
PM Modi on Wednesday had said that his participation in the Bay of Bengal Initiative for Multi-Sectoral Technical and Economic Cooperation (BIMSTEC) summit in Kathmandu signalled India’s highest priority to its neighbourhood and a strong commitment to continue deepening ties with the “extended neighbourhood” in South-East Asia.
The BIMSTEC is a regional grouping comprising Bangladesh, India, Myanmar, Sri Lanka, Thailand, Bhutan and Nepal. The grouping accounts for 22 per cent of the global population.
(With agency inputs)