- Nepal Prime Minister KP Oli had recently paid a three-day visit to India.
6th April, 2018:
- Nepal’s Prime Minister K.P. Sharma Oli arrived in India on a three-day visit from 6th to 8th
Significance of the visit:
- Prime Minister K.P. Sharma Oli’s visit is in line with the tradition of a Nepalese premier visiting India on his first overseas trip.
Objective of the visit:
- Further strengthen friendly relations of the two countries.
Major takeaways from the visit of Nepal’s Prime Minister K.P. Sharma Oli to India are:
- Expression of readiness to revise and update the 1950 Treaty of Peace and Friendship between India and Nepal.
- Review of the entire spectrum of multifaceted ties between the two countries,
- Appreciation of the growing partnership between the two governments, private sector and at the people’s level,
- Underscoring the importance of regular high-level political exchanges in strengthening bilateral ties.
- Inauguration of the Integrated Check Post at Birgunj in Nepal.
- Please note: The Integrated Check Post Enhance cross-border trade and transit of goods and movement of people
- Enumeration of India’s ‘Sabka Saath Sabka Vikas’ as a guiding framework for India’s engagement with its neighbors’for a shared vision of inclusive development and prosperity.
- India congratulated the people and the Government of Nepal for successful conduct of local level, federal parliament and first-ever provincial elections in Nepal.
- Three separate joint statements on the following key areas of mutual interest were issued:
- India-Nepal Statement on New Partnership in Agriculture
- India-Nepal Statement on Expanding Rail Linkages: Connecting Raxaul in India to Kathmandu in Nepal, and
- India-Nepal Statement on New Connectivity through Inland Waterways.
Significance of Nepal Prime Minister K.P. Sharma Oli’s visit to India:
- The trip comes amid a hitch in bilateral ties of India and Nepal.
- P. Sharma Oli had to step down as Nepal’s Prime Minister in 2016 following a blockade on the India-Nepal border.
- Also Nepal decided to join China’s One Belt One Road policy amid India’s concerns that the Chinese initiative would harm its strategic and economic interests.
- Thus, this trip helped clear misunderstandings and mistrust between the two nations.
- With India remaining committed to strengthening its partnership with Nepal, the visit of Nepal’s Prime Minister to India proves to be significant and fruitful.