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Temple visit, MoUs, review of Deuba deal on agenda

Prime Minister Narendra Modi and his Nepali counterpart Sher Bahadur Deuba will conduct a comprehensive review of recent agreements as the two meet in Lumbini in the neighboring country on the occasion of Buddha Purnima on Monday, sources said.

On the agenda for the one-day visit are memorandums of understanding (MoUs) in sectors related to culture and education, the sources added.

During his trip to India last month, Deuba visited New Delhi and Varanasi, where he offered prayers at Kashi Vishwanath and Kal Bhairav ​​temples and also laid the foundation for a widows’ refuge. at the Pashupati Nath Nepalese temple in Lalitaghat, Varanasi.

Modi’s next visit will follow.

Modi will have a comprehensive program to expand cooperation in multiple areas, including hydropower and connectivity, Foreign Minister Vinay Mohan Kwatra said on Friday. Asked whether the border dispute between the two sides will feature in the talks, he said India had always maintained that the existing bilateral mechanisms were the best way forward to deliberate on the issues, adding that they should be discussed in a “responsible way” without “politicization”.

The foreign minister said Modi and Deuba would build on their productive conversation in Delhi last month. He said the visit will “reaffirm” India’s commitment to relations with Nepal and demonstrate the priority New Delhi attaches to the neighbourhood.

MODI’S FIFTH VISIT TO NEPAL

This will be Modi’s fifth visit to Nepal since 2014. “In Lumbini, the Prime Minister will visit the Mayadevi Temple to offer prayers. The Prime Minister will also deliver a speech at a Buddha Jayanti event organized by the Lumbini Development Trust under the auspices of the Government of Nepal,” the Ministry of External Affairs said.

In addition, the Prime Minister will participate in the ceremony of “shilanyas” (laying of the first stone) of a center of Buddhist culture and heritage on land belonging to the International Buddhist Confederation (IBC), in New Delhi, in the monastic area of ​​Lumbini, he said. .

“Prime Minister Modi’s visit comes in the tradition of regular high-level exchanges between India and Nepal under our Neighborhood First Policy,” the MEA said. “It underscores the common civilizational heritage of the peoples of both countries,” she said in a statement. statement.

Ties between the two countries were strained after Kathmandu released a new political map in 2020 which showed three Indian territories – Limpiyadhura, Kalapani and Lipulekh – forming part of Nepal. India reacted strongly, calling it a “unilateral act” and warned Kathmandu that such an “artificial widening” of territorial claims would not be acceptable.

Nepal shares a border of over 1,850 km with five Indian states: Sikkim, West Bengal, Bihar, Uttar Pradesh and Uttarakhand.

With the contributions of the agency

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