Prime Minister Narendra Modi
Prime Minister Narendra ModiFile photo

Modi to visit Lumbini in Nepal on Monday, hold talks with Sher Bahadur Deuba

New Delhi, May 15, 2022

Prime Minister Narendra Modi will travel to Lumbini in Nepal tomorrow on a day's official visit that is aimed at deepening the time-honoured linkages between the two countries.

During the visit, Modi will hold bilateral talks with Nepal Prime Minister Sher Bahadur Deuba.

"I look forward to offering prayers at the Mayadevi Temple on the auspicious occasion of Buddha Jayanti. I am honoured to follow in the footsteps of millions of Indians to pay reverence at the sacred site of Lord Buddha's birth," the Prime Minister said in a pre-departure statement.

"I also look forward to meeting Prime Minister Deuba again after our productive discussions during his visit to India last month. We will continue to build on our shared understanding to expand cooperation in multiple areas, including in hydropower, development and connectivity," he said.

Apart from visiting the holy Mayadevi Temple, Modi will participate in the “Shilanyas” ceremony of the India International Centre for Buddhist Culture & Heritage in the Lumbini Monastic Zone. He will also attend celebrations to mark the occasion of Buddha Jayanti organised by the Government of Nepal.

"Our ties with Nepal are unparalleled. The civilisational and people-to-people contacts between India and Nepal form the enduring edifice of our close relationship. My visit is intended to celebrate and further deepen these time-honoured linkages that have been fostered through centuries and recorded in our long history of inter-mingling," he added.


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