In­dia, Nepal to boost trade, con­nec­tiv­ity

The Sunday Guardian - - The Big Story - IANS KATH­MANDU

In what can be seen as a se­ries of steps to mend their ties, In­dia and Nepal on Sat­ur­day agreed to boost trade and eco­nomic links, con­nec­tiv­ity via air, land and wa­ter, peo­ple-to-peo­ple ties, with Prime Min­is­ter Naren­dra Modi declar­ing that In­dia will work like a sherpa in the Hi­malayan na­tion’s devel­op­ment endeavours.

A joint state­ment, is­sued a day af­ter Prime Modi and his Nepali coun­ter­part K.P. Sharma Oli held ex­ten­sive bi­lat­eral dis­cus­sions here, said the two lead­ers agreed to main­tain the mo­men­tum gen­er­ated by Oli’s visit to In­dia in April, his first for­eign visit af­ter as­sum­ing of­fice in Fe­bru­ary, by tak­ing ef­fec­tive mea­sures for the im­ple­men­ta­tion of all the agree­ments and un­der­stand­ings reached in the past. “They also agreed that ef­fec­tive im­ple­men­ta­tion of the bi­lat­eral ini­tia­tives in agri­cul­ture, rail­way link­ages and in­land wa­ter­ways devel­op­ment, as agreed upon by the two sides dur­ing the re­cent visit of Prime Min­is­ter Oli to In­dia, would have trans­for­ma­tional im­pact in these ar­eas,” it stated. “While re­view­ing the close and mul­ti­fac­eted re­la­tions be­tween the two coun­tries at dif­fer­ent lev­els, the two Prime Min­is­ters re­it­er­ated their re­solve to work to­gether to take bi­lat­eral re­la­tions to newer heights by strength­en­ing on­go­ing co­op­er­a­tion in di­verse spheres as well as ex­pand­ing part­ner­ship for so­cio-eco­nomic devel­op­ment on the ba­sis of the prin­ci­ples of equal­ity, mu­tual trust, re­spect.”

A farmer busy work­ing in his field, as the sun starts set­ting in Palam­pur, Hi­machal Pradesh, on Thurs­day. IANS

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