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We’ll be sherpa to help Nepal climb to success: PM Modi

Drumming up support: Prime Minister Narendra Modi beats a drum at the Muktinath Temple on Saturday.   | Photo Credit: PTI

India is ready to be the sherpa to help Nepal scale the mountain of success, Prime Minister Narendra Modi said on Saturday, hailing the Himalayan nation’s successful journey from bullets to ballots.

Addressing a civic reception in his honour at the Nepalese capital, Mr. Modi stressed the special relation shared by the two neighbours and admired Nepal’s spirit of resilience and commitment to democracy.

“Nepal has covered a long journey from Yuddh to Buddh [War to Peace]. You have left the bullet to opt the ballot way... But this not the destination. You have to go a long way,” he told the gathering.

Towards the peak

“You have reached the base camp of Mt. Everest, and the main climb is yet to be done. As the sherpas [guides] help mountaineers to reach the top of the Everest, India is ready to help Nepal like a sherpa to achieve development,” he said.

Earlier in the day, in a joint statement, Mr. Modi and his Nepalese counterpart K.P. Sharma Oli agreed to maintain the momentum generated by the visit by taking effective measures for the implementation of all the agreements and understandings reached in the past.

They also agreed that effective implementation of the bilateral initiatives in agriculture, railway linkages and inland waterways development, as agreed upon by the two sides during the recent visit of Mr. Oli to India, would have a transformational impact in these areas, the statement said.

The Prime Minister said Nepal must identify its needs and priorities to deliver results. “India will stand shoulder-to-shoulder with Nepal in its development journey. Your success is our success and your joy is our joy,” he said.

The Prime Minister said his party’s slogan, Sabka Saath, Sabka Vikas, was as much about global well being as it was about India’s growth.

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