India stands ready and prepared to strengthen development partnership with Nepal: PM Narendra Modi

Speaking at a joint press meet after the exchange of agreements between the two nations, Prime Minister Narendra Modi talked about the future of India-Nepal ties.

By: Express Web Desk | New Delhi | Updated: September 16, 2016 2:51 pm
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Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Friday held wide ranging talks with his Nepalese counterpart Pushpa Kamal Dahal ‘Prachanda’ on key issues including the political process in the Himalayan nation and ways to strengthen ties.

Speaking at a joint press meet after the exchange of agreements between the two nations, Prime Minister Narendra Modi talked about the ties between India and Nepal.

“Our friendship is time-tested and unique. We share our burden during difficult times, just as we celebrate each other’s achievements,” PM Modi said, adding, “As immediate neighbours and close friendly nations, peace, stability of Nepal is our shared objective.”

He also emphasised on the common security concerns of the two nations, saying that securing the societies of both the nations was a shared objective of development and growth.

“Our security interests are inter-linked. We agreed that securing our societies is essential for achieving shared objective of development and growth. Continued co-operation between our defence and security agencies is important to guard our open borders. India stands ready and prepared to strengthen development partnership with Nepal,” PM Modi said.

Narendra Modi also instated his confidence in the discussion today, saying that it would cement the centuries old relationship between India and Nepal.

“Confident that our discussion today would further cement our centuries old relation and write a glorious chapter of our partnership,” he said.

Prachanda, who arrived in New Delhi on Thursday on a four-day visit, was earlier given a ceremonial welcome at the forecourt of Rashtrapati Bhavan.

The two sides reviewed the full spectrum of relations during delegation level talks at Hyderabad House in New Delhi, External Affairs Ministry spokesperson Vikas Swarup tweeted.