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India, Nepal to address outstanding matters by Sept.

Kathmandu [Nepal], May 12 : Prime Minister Narendra Modi and his Nepal counterpart KP Sharma Oli on Saturday directed their respective officials to address outstanding matters by September, with the objective of advancing cooperation in all areas.

Marking their second bilateral summit this year, the two Prime Ministers held delegation-level talks on Friday.

As per a joint statement by the Ministry of External Affairs (MEA), the two Prime Ministers recalled their meeting in New Delhi during the State visit of Prime Minister Oli last month and agreed to maintain the momentum generated by the visit 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.

Prime Minister Modi also visited Janakpur and Muktinath and attended civic receptions in Kathmandu and Janakpur.

With a view to further strengthening the close religious and cultural ties between the two countries and peoples, the two Prime Ministers launched Nepal-India Ramayana Circuit connecting Janakpur, the birthplace of Sita, with Ayodhya and other sites associated with the epic Ramayana. In Janakpur, the two Prime Ministers flagged off the inaugural direct bus service between Janakpur and Ayodhya.
The two Prime Ministers underscored the importance of regional and sub-regional cooperation under BIMSTEC, SAARC, and BBIN frameworks for forging meaningful cooperation in identified sectors.
They agreed that the landmark third visit of Prime Minister Modi to Nepal has further strengthened the age-old friendly relations between the two countries and has injected a fresh impetus to our growing partnership.

Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Saturday departed for India after completing his two-visit to Nepal.

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