PM Oli returns home; holds bilateral meeting with Modi in New Delhi

Kathmandu / May 31: Prime Minister KP Sharma Oli returned home this late afternoon. He came back from New Delhi after attending the swearing-in ceremony of Narendra Modi, re-elected the Prime Minister of India.

Prime Minister Oli was received at the VVIP lounge of the Tribhuvan International Airport by Speaker Krishna Bahadur Mahara, Deputy Prime Minister Ishwar Pokharel, Home Minister Ram Bahadur Thapa, Foreign Minister Pradip Gyawali, NCP General Secretary Bishnu Prasad Poudel, NCP parliamentary party deputy leader Subas Nembang, Heads of Constitutional Bodies, MPs and high-ranking government officials. On the occasion, a contingent of the Nepal Army presented a guard of honour to Prime Minister Oli.

The Prime Minister was one of the eight Heads of State or Governments including BIMSTEC leaders invited by the Indian Prime Minister as special guests for the inauguration ceremony. Earlier, during his maiden swearing-in ceremony, Prime Minister Modi had invited SAARC Heads of State or Governments including then Prime Minister Sushil Koirala.

PM Oli had the meeting with the Indian PM Modi at Hyderabad House in New Delhi on Friday itself. During the meeting, the two Prime Ministers exchanged views on maintaining the momentum generated in the recent past and expressed commitment to taking bilateral relationship to a new height.

PM Oli congratulated, on behalf of the government and the people of Nepal and on his own, Modi on his assumption of office for the second term as well as for the grand electoral success of Bharatiya Janata Party and the National Democratic Alliance in the recently held Lok Sabha elections.

He also extended best wishes for the successful tenure of office of the Prime Minister of India and offered a rudrakshya bead as a special gift.

Moreover, PM Oli conveyed congratulatory messages and the best wishes from the President of Nepal to Indian PM Modi.

The Indian PM thanked the PM Oli for accepting the invitation and participating in the swearing-in ceremony.

Both the Prime Ministers expressed happiness over the progress made in Nepal-India relations under their respective leadership.

The two leaders underlined the importance of regular exchange of high-level visits between the two countries in order to further strengthen bilateral ties and advance cooperation in all possible areas for the mutual benefits of the two countries.

PM Oli holds bilateral meeting with Modi in New Delhi

Meanwhile, Prime Minister KP Sharma Oli held a bilateral meeting with his Indian counterpart Narendra Modi on Friday.

During the meeting, the two Prime Ministers exchanged views on maintaining the momentum generated in the recent past and expressed commitment to taking the bilateral relations to a new height, according to a press release issued by Nepali Embassy in New Delhi.

“Oli congratulated Modi on his assumption of office for the second term as well as for the grand electoral success of Bharatiya Janata Party and the National Democratic Alliance in the recently held Lok Sabha elections. He extended best wishes for the successful tenure of office of the Prime Minister of India,” read the press release.

On the occasion, Modi thanked the Oli for accepting the invitation and participating in the swearing-in ceremony.

“Both Prime Ministers expressed happiness over the progress made in Nepal-India relations under their respective leadership,” read the press release.

The two leaders underlined the importance of the regular exchange of high-level visits between the two countries in order to further strengthen bilateral ties and advance cooperation in all possible areas for the mutual benefits of the two countries.

Oli conveyed the cordial invitation extended by President Bidya Devi Bhandari to the Indian President for State Visit to Nepal.

Oli also extended an invitation to Modi to pay a visit to Nepal, which Prime Minister of India accepted with pleasure, according to the press release.

During the meeting, Prime Minister was accompanied by Nepali Ambassador to India Nilamber Acharya, Foreign Affairs Advisor to the Prime Minister Rajan Bhattarai, Foreign Secretary Shanker Das Bairagi and Joint Secretary (South Asia) at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Yagya Hamal.

During the meeting held at Hyderabad House in New Delhi, the two leaders expressed their commitment in further deepening relations, in particular between the peoples of our countries, according to India’s External Affairs Ministry.

Prime Minister Oli attended the swearing-in ceremony of Indian counterpart Narendra Modi in New Delhi on Thursday evening.

Oli attended Modi’s swearing-in ceremony at a function held at the forecourt at the Indian President’s Office. President Ram Nath Kovind administered the oath of office to Modi and other Ministers.

Following the swearing-in ceremony, Prime Minister Oli attended the banquet hosted by the President of India in honor of the invited Heads of State, Heads of Government and other dignitaries.

Modi took oath for the second time after a spectacular victory in the national election a week ago.

Over 50 ministers joined Modi in the swearing-in held at the Indian President’s Office in the presence of 8,000 guests including world leaders, dignitaries, politicians, celebrities and industrialists, according to NDTV Online.

Modi, 68, walked to the podium for his oath to chants of “Modi, Modi” from the audience. The two other Indian leaders who were cheered loudly by the crowd were Amit Shah and Smriti Irani.

Amit Shah, who is credited with leading the BJP to magnificent victories in election after election, is the most prominent newcomer in Modi’s second government.

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