Narendra Modi will go to Nepal on Sunday, the first bilateral visit by an Indian PM in 17 years, as he takes forward his initiative to economically integrate South Asia. Adding an interesting personal twist, traveling with the PM as part of his entourage, will be a young Nepali boy, Jeet Bahadur, who had been separated from his parents and will be restored to them.
In a departure statement, Modi said he would “identify steps to strengthen our bilateral cooperation in key sectors, including trade and investment, hydro power, agriculture” which would open a new chapter in bilateral ties.
Nepal PM, Sushil Koirala, will receive Modi at the airport. Modi will address business leaders and may also announce economic aid for that country. The PM is expected to push Nepal’s leaders to write their Constitution within a timeframe. He is scheduled to meet Opposition leaders as well.
“I am excited about my visit and pleased that I am able to go there within weeks of assuming office as Prime Minister,” he said in a statement. “I hope my visit will open a new chapter in India -Nepal relations, characterized by more frequent political engagement and closer cooperation across the full spectrum of our extraordinarily broad-based relations, which will serve as a model and catalyst for South Asian partnership for prosperity,” Modi said.