KATHMANDU, Nepal, May 12 (NNN-NEPALNEWS) - Indian Prime Minister, Narendra Modi, said that, his government has given top priority to relations with Nepal under his Neighbourhood First Policy.
Modi, who is in his third visit to Nepal, after becoming Indian prime minister in 2014, said at Janakpur, a religious and tourism city in eastern Nepal, that, the Himalayan country comes first in India's priority, under Neighbourhood First Policy.
Modi started his visit through Janakpur where deity Sita, also known as Janaki was born, as per Hindu mythology as narrated in the epic, Ramayana.
Modi, who described his visit as a pilgrim, rather than as prime minister, offered prayer at the Janaki temple, on Friday and participated in the Civic Reception, bestowed upon him by Janakpur Sub-Metropolitan City. He also announced assistance of one billion Indian rupees (14.85 million U.S. dollars) for the development of Janakpur.
Addressing the Civic Reception ceremony, Modi said, he wanted to help Nepal to achieve development and prosperity for its people, adding that, he wanted to enhance better connectivity with Nepal through highways, information ways, transmission lines, railways, waterways and airways.
"These connectivity measures will help Nepal to get better market access, thereby encouraging the establishment of industries and employment creation," Modi said.
He said, the two sides can work on the 5Ts -- Tradition, Trade, Tourism, Technology and Transport, for the development and prosperity of both countries.
Modi is also scheduled to visit another religious shrine, Muktinath, at Mustang district in western Nepal on Saturday (today).-- NNN-NEPALNEWS
Source: NAM NEWS NETWORK