PM Narendra Modi to visit Nepal

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    PM Narendra Modi to visit Nepal on Sunday

    NEW DELHI: With neighbourhood being the priority of his foreign policy, Prime Minister Narendra Modi will travel to Nepal on Sunday on a two-day visit during which the two countries are expected to sign agreements in sectors like power and India may announce economic aid.

    This will be the first bilateral visit by an Indian Prime Minister to Nepal in 17 years, after I K Gujral had travelled there in June 1997, signalling the resolve of the new government here to take the relations with that country to a higher level.

    Modi will have talks with his Nepalese counterpart Sushil Koirala and get the honour of addressing that country's Constituent Assembly, only the second foreign leader after former German Chancellor Helmut Kohl who had done it in early 1990s.

    He will also visit the famous Pashupatinath Temple where he is expected to participate in a special puja. Modi is also expected to meet leaders of various political parties.

    During the trip, India is expected to announce economic assistance and the two sides are likely to sign pacts in sectors like power and culture, sources said but refused to divulge details.

    Modi's visit comes just a week after external affairs minister Sushma Swaraj had travelled there.

    This shows the "intention and priority that our Prime Minister places on the neighbourhood," external affairs ministry spokesman Syed Akbaruddin told reporters while briefing on the visit.

    He recalled that Modi had undertaken his first foreign visit after becoming the Prime Minister to Bhutan.

    Koirala had attended the swearing-in ceremony of Modi as Prime Minister at the latter's invitation on May 26.

    Talking about the special nature of India-Nepal ties, Akbaruddin said the relations are rooted in history, geography and culture.

    India is making efforts to boost these ties in all aspects, including defence, security, training, exercises and connectivity.

    Cooperation in management of common rivers is a key element of India-Nepal ties. India, which at times, faces floods because of the rivers originating in Nepal, has been imparting training to Nepalese officials to deal with the problem. It has given Rs 200 crore to Nepal for the purpose.

    Abhay Thakur, joint secretary (north) in the MEA, said there is a need for realtime exchange of flood data.

    "We are ready to extend assistance in this regard," he said, adding India is already providing assistance on improving embankments of rivers.

    Akbaruddin said India would like to upscale the relationship beyond 2014 amidst its desire to see stable, democratic and peaceful Nepal.

    To a question about the agreement between the two countries during Swaraj's visit last week to review the 1950 Treaty, Akbaruddin said it was a reiteration of what had been agreed on earlier.

    He said if there are any issues, those can be raised at the level of foreign secretaries.

    To a query about a proposal to set up Eminent Persons' Group between the two countries, he said it is "work in process" as nominations have to be made by both sides.

    The Group will have a look at the relationship and make suggestions about its future, the spokesman said.


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    Nepal Gears Up Security Cover for PM Narendra Modi Visit

    Kathmandu: Air surveillance will be stepped up, a special command centre has been set up and Indian commandos will fly down to Kathmandu as Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi will begin his Nepal visit on Sunday.

    The Nepal government has mobilised personnel of all its four security agencies for Mr Modi's visit.

    Mr Modi is arriving on his maiden, two-day official visit to Nepal on Sunday at the invitation of Nepalese Premier Sushil Koirala.

    The Himalayan nation's home ministry today said the week-long plan has already come into operation with the Nepal Army, Armed Police Force, Nepal Police and National Intelligence Department being mobilised.

    "We have a standard operating procedure for the security of such VVIP movements, and accordingly we have mobilised enough number of security personnel to ensure security during the visit of the Indian prime minister," Laxmi Prasad Dhakal, spokesperson of Nepal's home ministry, told IANS.

    According to the plan, the Armed Police Force and Nepal Army are being mobilised round the clock and will keep a close watch on pedestrians and vehicles with intelligence sleuths providing inputs to them.

    The Nepal Army bears principal responsibility, including air surveillance, throughout the visit with specially trained commando personnel leading the overall security job.

    A team of Indian security agencies is also coordinating with Nepalese security agencies and an Indian commando team will arrive in Kathmandu on Saturday, a day ahead of the visit.

    Kathmandu's Tribhuvan International Airport will have restricted access to visitors.

    A special command has been established at the home ministry under Mr Dhakal's command, which can help settle any cross-ministerial logistics or security-related issues immediately.

    To make the visit successful, Nepal Prime Minister Koirala will hold a meeting of all 31 political parties of the country to seek national consensus on issues to be discussed with Mr Modi and his team.

    Nepal Gears Up Security Cover for PM Narendra Modi Visit - NDTV
     

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