Kathmandu, Nov 25, 2014: Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi has described his country’s relations with Nepal as unique and special.
The Indian Premier said this in a statement he issued in New Delhi, India, before leaving for here in connection with attending the 18th SAARC Summit on 26-27 November.
“Although this is my first SAARC Summit, during the last six months, I have interacted extensively with leaders of SAARC countries beginning with their auspicious presence at my swearing-in ceremony. Development of close relations with our neighbours is a key priority for my Government,” the Indian PM said.
Stating that the 18th SAARC Summit will focus on the theme of ‘Deeper Regional Integration for Peace and Prosperity’, he said India has always emphasized the importance of greater regional integration at all levels for the socio-economic development of the South Asian region.
“We have undertaken several initiatives in this regard on bilateral, sub-regional and regional basis, and will continue to do more. We hope that the Summit will lead to concrete outcomes, particularly in regard to various initiatives on enhancing connectivity that have been under discussion for a long time,” the Indian PM added.
The Indian PM stated that he also looks forward to holding bilateral discussions with other South Asian Heads of State and Government on the margins of the SAARC Summit.
“This will be my second visit to Nepal within four months, which reflects the importance we attach to our unique and special relations with Nepal. There has been significant progress in the implementation of the decisions taken during my visit to Nepal in August 2014. I look forward to reviewing the progress in our relations with Prime Minister Sushil Koirala and other Nepalese leaders. We also hope to conclude some concrete agreements in the areas of connectivity and development cooperation,” the Indian Premier said.