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Modi in Nepal Highlights: PM holds bilateral talks with his Nepalese counterpart Sher Bahadur Deuba in Lumbini

This is Prime Minister Narendra Modi's fifth visit to Nepal since 2014 and the first for any PM to Lumbini.

Sri Lasya Edited by: Sri Lasya @laasiyapriya New Delhi Updated on: May 16, 2022 17:05 IST
Prime Minister Narendra Modi visits Maya Devi Temple on
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Prime Minister Narendra Modi visits Maya Devi Temple on Buddha Purnima, in Lumbini.

Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Monday held bilateral talks with his Nepalese counterpart Sher Bahadur Deuba in Lumbini - the birthplace of Gautam Buddha - during which they discussed ways to strengthen ongoing cooperation and develop new areas in the multifaceted bilateral partnership. After their talks, the two sides signed six Memorandum of Understandings (MoUs) on cooperation in cultural and educational sectors. Modi, who is in the Himalayan nation at the invitation of Deuba on a day-long visit to Lumbini on the occasion of Buddha Purnima, met Deuba after offering prayers at the sacred Maya Devi temple. It is the prime minister's fifth visit to Nepal since 2014. Modi and his entourage arrived in Lumbini on a special Indian Air Force helicopter from Kushinagar, Uttar Pradesh. Land-locked Nepal relies heavily on India for the transportation of goods and services. Nepal's access to the sea is through India, and it imports a predominant proportion of its requirements from and through India. The India-Nepal Treaty of Peace and Friendship of 1950 forms the bedrock of the special relations between the two countries.

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