Prime Minister Narendra Modi expressed the shared determination of India and Nepal to elevate their bilateral ties to new heights, even tackling the long-standing boundary issue. Following a comprehensive discussion with his Nepalese counterpart, Pushpakamal Dahal 'Prachanda,' PM Modi emphasized their commitment to resolving all matters in the spirit of cooperation. In his media statement, Modi described the meeting as productive, noting the importance of their decisions in making the partnership between the two countries a resounding success in the future.
As a demonstration of their strengthened collaboration, both leaders jointly inaugurated several infrastructure projects. Additionally, they sealed seven agreements aimed at enhancing cooperation in various domains, including trade and energy. The virtual launch of integrated check posts at Rupaidiha in India and Nepalgunj in Nepal, as well as the commencement of a cargo train from Bathnaha in Bihar to Nepal custom yard, further underscored the commitment to boosting connectivity and facilitating trade.
During the joint address, PM Modi reaffirmed their mutual resolve to overcome challenges and deepen their ties. "We will continue to strive to take our relationship to Himalayan heights," he emphasized, emphasizing the intention to resolve all issues, including those related to the boundary, through dialogue and cooperation.
Recognizing the significance of cultural and religious bonds, both leaders agreed to expedite projects associated with the Ramayana circuit, with the aim of strengthening ties in these realms. India considers Nepal strategically important in the region, and the historical "Roti Beti" relationship, characterized by cross-border marriages between the two nations, serves as a testament to their deep-rooted connections.
With a border stretching over 1,850 km across five Indian states - Sikkim, West Bengal, Bihar, Uttar Pradesh, and Uttarakhand - Nepal holds a vital position in India's overall strategic interests in the region. Being landlocked, Nepal heavily relies on India for the transportation of goods and services, with its access to the sea dependent on India. Consequently, the India-Nepal Treaty of Peace and Friendship, established in 1950, remains the cornerstone of the special relations between the two nations.
(With PTI Inputs)