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PM Narendra Modi visits Nepal and had bilateral talks with his Nepalese counterpart Sher Bahadur Deuba. 6 MoUs or agreements were also signed between India and Nepal.

Prime Minister Narendra Modi and Nepalese PM Sher Bahadur Deuba, on Monday, held bilateral talks in Lumbini, Nepal. The talks come after PM Modi laid the foundation stone of the India International Centre for Buddhist Culture & Heritage within the Lumbini Monastic Zone. External Affairs Minister Arindam Bagchi termed it as an opportunity to strengthen the ongoing cooperation. Six MoUs were signed and exchanged between India and Nepal.

 

Prime Minister Modi’s Nepal visit comes on the occasion of Vaishakha Buddha Purnima. He also offered prayers at the sacred Maya Devi temple in Nepal on the occasion of Buddha Purnima. He said he felt blessed, hoping that Lord Buddha would bless all and make the planet peaceful and prosperous. He was accompanied by his Nepalese counterpart Sher Bahadur Deuba during his visit to the temple which is the birthplace of Gautam Buddha. Sharing images of the visit, PM Modi tweeted, “I feel blessed to have prayed at the Maya Devi Temple on Buddha Purnima”. 

 

PM Modi arrived in Nepal’s Lumbini earlier today. He was welcomed and received by Nepal’s PM Sher Bahadur Deuba. After landing in Nepal he tweeted, “Happy to be among the wonderful people of Nepal on the special occasion of Buddha Purnima. Looking forward to the programmes in Lumbini.”. India’s PM will also deliver an address at a Buddha Jayanti event organized by the Lumbini Development Trust. 

 

The Buddhist Centre will be the first zero emission building in Nepal. The construction of the Buddhist Centre comes decades after most foreign nations, including China, Canada, US, Thailand, Germany, France, and many others built their centres in Lumbini as an instrument of promoting Buddhist philosophy. It is expected to cost INR 1 billion for the construction and would take about three years to complete. 

 

The Prime Minister`s visit to Nepal and the building of an Indian Centre within the Lumbini Monastic complex are expected to further strengthen the relationship through a shared Buddhist heritage and legacy. Prime Minister is also expected to make a stopover in Lucknow while coming back to Delhi to meet Yogi Adityanath and his cabinet over a dinner.

By TIS Staffer
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