Narendra Modi meets Nepal Prime Minister Sher Bahadur Deuba

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During PM Deuba’s visit Delhi must convey the message Ties with Nepal are more than transactional

Prime Minister Sher Bahadur Deuba, who is on a five-day state visit to India, attended the ceremonial reception organised in his honour and received a "Guard of Honour" at the Rastrapati Bhawan in New Delhi. This move was seen by Nepal as a tactic to discourage it from inviting Chinese investments in its hydropower projects.

"Deuba-ji told me that the land issue for Arun III has been resolved, I thank him for inviting me to Nepal for its inauguration", said PM Modi.

Yang visited Kathmandu around the same time as Swaraj and promised to complete a railway track from Shigatse to Kerung near Nepal-China border by 2020 and also promised 1 billion RMB and technical expertise to Nepal for rebuilding the Kodari Highway, Times of India reported. The prime minister also expressed hope that both nations will continue to progress in areas that were discussed during his meeting with Nepalese PM today. The project was approved by the Indian government in February.

Nepal wants India and China to use "peaceful diplomatic means" to resolve the dispute, he added.

Issuing a joint statement, PM Modi informed the media, that the meeting with his counterpart Deuba was positive.

Earlier in the day, PM Deuba visit Mahatma Gandhi memorial at Raj Ghat and paid homage to the legend of non-violence.

On Wednesday afternoon, Modi held an unscheduled meeting with Deuba soon after the latter's arrival here, his first foreign trip since assuming office in June this year.

This is Deuba's first visit overseas after assuming the office of Prime Minister of Nepal in June 2017. This had dealt a crippling blow to political as well as economic relations between the two states, which were just limping back to normalcy following the natural disaster that devastated nearly half of Nepal.

This is Deuba's first visit overseas after assuming the office of Prime Minister of Nepal in June 2017.

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