Modi Signs 10 Pacts with Nepal

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  • Flagging off the Delhi-Kathmandu bus service, Prime Minister Narendra Modi signed more than 10 agreements with Nepal
  • But if Saarc fails to move to the next level, the responsibility will not be India's.
  • MEA spokesperson Syed Akbaruddin.said: The Prime Minister presided over a large number of agreements with Nepal, and we have concluded similar agreements with other neighbours. We are moving with our neighbours on connectivity , power etc
  • India wants similar agreements through Saarc, but problems with Pakistan may put paid to the efforts.
  • On touching down in Nepal the PM also made it clear that India expected Nepal to draft an inclusive constitution.
  • Modi said:I request all political stakeholders to draft the Constitution by early next year as committed through consensus
  • Modi added :The Constitution will reflect aspirations of all communities, including Madhesis, Pahadis and Maoists; failing to do so can cause difficulties to Nepal and your difficulty despite our expertise to help you in this field is a matter of sadness.
  • A number of strategic issues, including defence and security, were discussed during the talks between Modi and Koirala over nearly 40 minutes.
  • Talking about bilateral ties, Modi said:When we trust each other, we can move forward very quickly.
  • Projects that have been in limbo for 25 years are moving forward.
  • The new India-Nepal motor vehicle agreement envisages regular bus services between the two countries, including allowing private vehicles to cross the border, facilitating hassle-free movement of people and promote tourism.