PM Narendra Modi to meet Nepal President in Kathmandu today

Prime Minister Narendra Modi, on the last day of his Nepal visit on Monday, will start the day with prayers at Kathmandu’s famous Pashupatinath temple. He will then meet Nepal President Ram Baran Yadav and other political leaders including opposition leader Prachanda. On Sunday, Modi addressed the Nepal Parliament in Hindi and Nepalese.

He expressed his gratitude to his Nepalese counterpart Sushil Koirala and the people of Nepal for the warm welcome he experienced. He reached out to the neighbours speaking about the bond both the countries have shared for the years.

Modi also focused on the constitution formation of Nepal and advised the key features of a successful constitution. Speaking on the Nepal Constitution, Modi said, “A Constitution has to be made and Nepal has to be taken to new heights and we are ready to support you as a neighbour.” Speaking on the non-violent nature of the country, he expressed his belief on the Constituent Assembly of Nepal and its capability to form a strong constitution.

Referring to the change of seat of power from monarchy to a democratic government the Indian PM said, “Not only people of Nepal but also those who believe in the power of democracy are looking at Nepal and this assembly.” Modi promised to extend USD 1 billion line of credit to Nepal to be used according to Nepal’s priorities and launch of a SAARC satellite.

Modi further added, “India has decided to provide Nepal with NRs 10,000 crore (USD 1 billion) as concessional line of credit for various development purposes.” Modi, referring to the average age of Nepal and India, addressed the countries as young powers and highlighted the areas of mutual cooperation.