New Delhi: Nepal Prime Minister KP Oli arrived in New Delhi on Friday on a three-day visit to India. He 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. Oli and Modi will hold bilateral talks later today.
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.
PM Oli called on the President of India, Ram Nath Kovind, at Rashtrapati Bhavan today.
Welcoming Oli to India, the President said he was happy to note that this was his first visit abroad after his appointment as the Prime Minister of Nepal. The President said that India holds him in the highest regard for his leadership and contribution to advancing the cause of India-Nepal partnership.
“We are confident that under his wise leadership, Nepal will chart a new course of rapid socio-economic transformation for its people,” the President said.
The President said that no other countries in the world have the bonds of friendship and cooperation that exist between India and Nepal.
“We are bound together not only by a shared geography but by history, culture, civilization and close people to people and familial ties. Regular exchanges of visits at the highest political level between the two countries demonstrate the priority that we attach to our special partnership. India abiding interest is in the stability and economic prosperity of Nepal. We wish to take forward our relationship on the basis of goodwill, mutual trust and mutual benefit,” he stated.
Oli will attend a high-level conclave with top Indian leaders today including Home Minister Rajnath Singh and External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj.