Kathmandu, Aug. 4: Visiting Prime Minister of India Narendra Modi paid a courtesy call on President Dr Ram Baran Yadav at the Rastrapati Bhawan, Sheetal Niwas this afternoon.During the meeting, referring to Nepal’s political development since historical times, President Yadav emphasized on the need for drafting a new constitution to institutionalize the gains of the second People’s Movement.
Appreciating the statement of Prime Minister Modi at the Legislature-Parliament on Sunday, President Yadav expressed his hope that this visit would greatly contribute to further strengthening the time-tested ties between Nepal and India.On the occasion, Prime Minister Modi underscored the importance of democracy for the peoples of Nepal and India, and expressed the hope that Nepal would have its constitution soon.
Stating that the peoples of Nepal and India have fought together for independence and security, and that the time had come to fight together for democracy and development, Mr Modi said that the world expects Nepal to succeed in its peace process and its transformation.Mr Modi stated that once Nepal gets its constitution, it would have higher level of confidence to move ahead on the path of economic development and prosperity.
On the occasion, Minister for Information and Communications Dr Minendra Rijal, Advisors to the President, Secretary in the Office of the President Sharada Prasad Trital, Acting Foreign Secretary Shanker Das Bairagi and other senior officers of the Government of Nepal were present.
Present from the Indian side were National Security Advisor Ajit Doval, Foreign Secretary Sujatha Singh, Ambassador of India to Nepal Ranjit Rae and other high-ranking officials of the Government of India.After the meeting, the Prime Minister of India attended a Luncheon hosted by the President. Ministers, former Prime Ministers, Leaders of major political parties, and high-ranking officials of the Government of Nepal as well as members of the delegation of the Prime Minister of India attended the Luncheon.