By: Yubaraj Ghimire
Nepal hopes that the visit of Prime Minister Narendra Modi beginning Sunday will create an environment of trust and enhanced cooperation that will enable both countries to work together on bilateral basis, as well as in the international forums.
Foreign Minister Mahendra Bahadur Pandey on Friday said that Nepal is keen to work with India to increase the level of trust and mutual cooperation not only on bilateral basis, but in the international forums as well.
Talking to mediapersons two days before Modi’s arrival, Pandey said Nepal has already promised to support India claim permanent membership at the UN and will be willing to work with similar understanding in Saarc and other international bodies. The recent meeting of the joint commission that India and Nepal co-chaired after a break of 23 years has opened up many avenues and created a situation of mutual trust.
Nepal, still divided over what to ask from India when Prime Minister Modi visits, has however been able to prepare a new draft for power trade and inter-connection transmission that reserves the right to approach Indian or third country companies with the request that India buys them. Modi arrives here on Sunday for a two-day visit amid tight security arrangements by the state.
IAF aircraft flies bulletproof cars, Modi may bring chef with him
Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s scheduled arrival in Nepal on Sunday appears quite different from that of his predecessors. An Indian Air force aircraft brought three bulletproof vehicles and communication equipment here on Thursday, after the host country and India reviewed the security situation in detail. “This visit is almost like that of an American President,” a senior government official said.
Prime Minister Sushil Koirala and President Ram Baran Yadav will be hosting a dinner and a launch in his honour, respectively. According to information available, Modi may bring his own chef during his visit.
As Nepal government appears keen to make the event historic, schools are set to be shut on Sunday, otherwise a working day in Nepal, to enable students to welcome Modi. In a practice not so usual, Prime Minister Sushil Koirala is scheduled to go to the airport to receive the Indian Prime Minister.
Sources said Ashish Khetan will be the vice-chairman of the commission.