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KP Oli in India HIGHLIGHTS: Relations among neighbours are based on mutual respect, says Nepal PM

Nepal PM in India HIGHLIGHTS: Ahead of his visit, Oli had said his trip would mainly focus on implementing the past agreements signed between Nepal and India rather than signing new ones.

By: Express Web Desk | New Delhi | Updated: April 7, 2018 10:28:24 pm
The Nepal Prime Minister and his wife met PM Narendra Modi at Rashtrapati Bhawan for ceremonial reception. (Express Photo by Praveen Jain)

Nepal Prime Minister KP Oli arrived in New Delhi on Friday on a three-day visit to India. The visiting leader was accorded a ceremonial reception at the Rashtrapati Bhavan this morning, where he was welcomed by President Ram Nath Kovind and Prime Minister Narendra Modi. He also paid tribute to Mahatma Gandhi at Raj Ghat. Oli’s visit is in line with the tradition of a Nepalese premier visiting India on his first overseas trip.

Oli and Modi held bilateral talks this afternoon. He also met top Indian leaders including External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj. He will meet Home Minister Rajnath Singh later this evening.

Ahead of his visit, Oli had said his visit would mainly focus on implementing past agreements signed between Nepal and India, rather than signing new ones. “We want to maintain trustful (ties) with India and clear any suspicion in the bilateral relations,” Oli had said.

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Oli took charge as Nepal’s prime minister for the second time in February.

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  • 10:54 (IST)

    Oli had earlier on Friday met Congress President Rahul Gandhi and former Prime Minister Manmohan Singh and discussed "various dimensions of Nepal-India relations", according to the Nepalese Embassy in New Delhi.

    Oli had earlier on Friday met Congress President Rahul Gandhi and former Prime Minister Manmohan Singh and discussed "various dimensions of Nepal-India relations", according to the Nepalese Embassy in New Delhi.

  • 10:17 (IST)

    Oli to focus on implementing past agreements

    Pacts related to agriculture, research and development, education and training, exploring the possibility of inland water navigation upto Indian ports from Nepal, and expansion of Indian rail upto Kathmandu from the countries’ border have reportedly been agreed by the two sides.

  • 09:43 (IST)

    Nepal PM KP Oli receives ceremonial reception

    Nepal Prime Minister KP Oli receives ceremonial reception at the Rashtrapati Bhawan in New Delhi.   Oli had told reporters at the Nepalese Embassy, "Nepal wants to be close with every neighbour and every friend." 

15:16 (IST)07 Apr 2018
PM Modi and KP Oli post bilateral meeting

15:13 (IST)07 Apr 2018
Oli on China's One Belt One Road Initiative

Nepal PM KP Oli has maintained neutrality on China's One Belt One Road Initiative (OBOR). While clarifying India's apprehensions regarding Nepal's participation in OBOR, Oli said in a quote to ANI, "I think we are neutral. Geographically, we are in [the] center between two countries."


Later in the day, Prime Minister Oli will meet Vice-President Venkaiah Naidu at his house at 6, Maulana Azad Road. Finally, in the evening, Union Home Minister Rajnath Singh will hold a talk with Nepal's Prime Minister at Rashtrapati Bhawan.

13:28 (IST)07 Apr 2018
Oli invites PM Modi to Nepal

I invited PM Modi to pay a visit to Nepal at the earliest convenient time, I am hopeful that the visit will take place soon, says  Nepal Prime Minister KP Oli

13:26 (IST)07 Apr 2018
13:23 (IST)07 Apr 2018

Our future lies in the expansion of the economic facility and improving investments. Agriculture is one of the areas where India has made significant progress and Nepal could learn from it.  The key areas of development here is connectivity, railways and agriculture, said KP Oli at the joint press meeting. 

13:20 (IST)07 Apr 2018

"Nepal has great importance to its relations to India. We have many things to offer each other ranging from economical to commercial. Prosperity is our common goal,"  said Nepal PM in remarks to media. 

"Modi and I noted the ongoing works to understand the overall growth of our bilateral ties and discussed developmental projects. Infrastructure and connective are vital agendas of this visit," he added. 

We have constructed a number of guidelines in the already signed pacts which to our mutual interest. Nepal wants more investment from the public sector of India for future projects, he said. 

13:10 (IST)07 Apr 2018
13:10 (IST)07 Apr 2018

Addressing the delegation PM Modi said, "We aim at improving waterways & railways with Nepal. today we reviewed the progress in various such connectivity projects." 

" We have strong relations when it comes to the aspect of security and is committed towards stopping misuse of our open borders," he added.

13:08 (IST)07 Apr 2018

Both India and Nepal is an agriculture-specific country.  In today's meeting, organic farming and increasing agricultural ties were discussed. 

13:06 (IST)07 Apr 2018

PM of Nepal Khadga Prasad Oli  and  PM Modi inaugurate India - Nepal petroleum products pipeline at the meeting. PM  Modi said, both the countries are focusing on building connectivity between India and Nepal.  It wants to improve trade ties through this. 

12:39 (IST)07 Apr 2018
PM Modi welcomes Prime Minister of Nepal K.P. Sharma Oli at Hyderabad House
11:48 (IST)07 Apr 2018

Ahead of the high-level conclave which is expected to begin shortly, PM Modi meets Nepal PM KP Oli at Hyderabad House in New Delhi.   Oli and Modi will push a button to virtually lay the foundation stone of the 900 MW Arun III hydroelectric project that the Sutlej Jal Vikas Nigam will build at a cost of $ 1.5 billion. The Prime Ministers will also inaugurate the integrated checkpost at Birgunj-Raxaul, the main entry-exit point on the open India-Nepal border. An agreement on moving bulk cargo through other transit points like Biratnagar, Bhairahwa and Nepalgunj, is also expected to be signed — other South Asian countries too will be allowed to use these transit posts to trade with Nepal.

11:35 (IST)07 Apr 2018
Oli along with wife pay tributes at Raj Ghat
10:54 (IST)07 Apr 2018

Oli had earlier on Friday met Congress President Rahul Gandhi and former Prime Minister Manmohan Singh and discussed "various dimensions of Nepal-India relations", according to the Nepalese Embassy in New Delhi.

10:30 (IST)07 Apr 2018
Nepal PM Oli’s visit to Delhi signals a new equilibrium

Both domestic politics and regional dynamics have changed appreciably since Oli last visited New Delhi in 2016 when Nepal was under an undeclared border blockade by India. India felt slighted that Nepal’s major political parties, including Oli’s Communist Party of Nepal-Marxist Leninist (CPN-UML), had failed to take New Delhi in confidence about the content of the new constitution. Nepal’s leaders, on the other hand, insisted that it was Nepal’s internal affair. 

10:20 (IST)07 Apr 2018
Oli accompanied by his wife Radhika Shakya reached New Delhi on Friday

10:17 (IST)07 Apr 2018
Oli to focus on implementing past agreements

Pacts related to agriculture, research and development, education and training, exploring the possibility of inland water navigation upto Indian ports from Nepal, and expansion of Indian rail upto Kathmandu from the countries’ border have reportedly been agreed by the two sides.

10:12 (IST)07 Apr 2018

Prime Minister Narendra Modi is expected to tell his Nepali counterpart K P Oli that he can award as many dam projects as he likes to China, but India will not be able to buy the energy produced. A senior official had earlier told to the Indian Express that Oli’s three-day visit will be couched in the niceties of diplomatic prose, but there will be no denying “India’s red lines.”

10:08 (IST)07 Apr 2018
See pictures of ceremonial reception

Express Photos by Praveen Jain KP Oli will shortly  enter a high-level delegation talks with top leaders 

09:57 (IST)07 Apr 2018
KP Oli to hold bilateral talks with PM Narendra Modi


One of the key takeaways from Saturday’s bilateral meeting is going to pertain to the railways network, which will connect Indian cities with Kathmandu and beyond. A pact in this regard is expected to be signed, apart from some others pertaining to agriculture research, education and training.   Read Opinion |  Mutual respect is the key

 

09:49 (IST)07 Apr 2018
Nepal PM meets PM Narendra Modi at Rashtrapati Bhawan

Source: Express Photo Praveen Jain

09:47 (IST)07 Apr 2018
KP Oli calls on President Ram Nath Kovind

Nepal Prime Minister KP Oli called on President Ram Nath Kovind.   Prime Minister Narendra Modi has expressed his readiness to revise and update the 1950 Treaty of Peace and Friendship between India and Nepal, and is likely to convey this to the visiting Prime Minister of Nepal K P Oli during their conversations, top sources have told The Indian Express.

09:43 (IST)07 Apr 2018
Nepal PM KP Oli receives ceremonial reception

Nepal Prime Minister KP Oli receives ceremonial reception at the Rashtrapati Bhawan in New Delhi.   Oli had told reporters at the Nepalese Embassy, "Nepal wants to be close with every neighbour and every friend." 

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