Claiming that Prime Minister Narendra Modi has won the “hearts and minds” of the people in Nepal, External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj Wednesday said his visit has given a “whole new impetus, new direction and new dynamism” to ties between the two countries.
She said New Delhi is determined to “build upon” the “historic and highly successful” visit.
In a suo motu statement in Parliament, Swaraj spoke at length about Modi’s visit even mentioning the fact that the Prime Minister was “greeted” by “thousands of ordinary Nepalese, who thronged the streets spontaneously” and that he had got down from his car to “thank them for their warm reception and greetings.”
“The Prime Minister was very satisfied with the outcome of the visit to Nepal. He touched the hearts and minds of all the Nepalese people that was conveyed to him in so many words by his interlocutors…,” she said giving details about the talks Modi had with Nepalese leaders and the announcements made by India for the neighbouring country.
Swaraj underlined it was the first visit by an Indian Prime Minister to Nepal in 17 years under the bilateral format and Prime Minister of Nepal Sushil Koirala broke protocol to receive Modi at the airport.
She said the two Prime Ministers reviewed the whole gamut of bilateral relations and agreed to review, adjust and update the Treaty of Peace and Friendship of 1950 and other bilateral agreements.
“Both the Prime Ministers noted with satisfaction the excellent cooperation on security related matters and reiterated that the open border, which has facilitated movements of people on both sides of the border and has been a unique feature of the Nepal-India bilateral relations, should not be allowed to be misused by unscrupulous elements posing securing threats,” she said.