PM Modi arrives in Nepal to attend BIMSTEC Summit
Prime Minister Narendra Modi arrived in Kathmandu today to attend the 4th BIMSTEC Summit that will focus on enhancing regional connectivity and boosting trade. He said yesterday that his participation in the Bay of Bengal Initiative for Multi-Sectoral Technical and Economic Cooperation (BIMSTEC) summit in Kathmandu signals India's strong commitment to its neighborhood to continue deepening ties with the "extended neighborhood" in South-East Asia.
Member countries will shape collective response to their common challenges
Before leaving for Nepal for the two-day summit, PM Modi said he will interact with the leaders of Bangladesh, Bhutan, Myanmar, Sri Lanka, and Thailand on the margins of the summit whose theme is "Towards a peaceful, prosperous and sustainable Bay of Bengal region". The theme, Modi said, will enable the member countries to shape a collective response to their common aspirations and challenges.
Modi to review progress made in India-Nepal Bilateral ties
"I also look forward to meeting Prime Minister of Nepal KP Sharma Oli and reviewing the progress we have made in our bilateral ties since my last visit to Nepal in May 2018," Modi said. The BIMSTEC is a regional grouping comprising Bangladesh, India, Myanmar, Sri Lanka, Thailand, Bhutan, and Nepal. The grouping accounts for 22% of the global population.