On the occasion of Buddha Purnima, Prime Minister Narendra Modi will undertake an official visit to Lumbini in Nepal on May 16. The Ministry of External Affairs (MEA) announced on Thursday.
Prime Minister Narendra Modi said on Sunday that India’s connections with Nepal are “unparalleled”. A day before his visit to Lumbini in the neighboring country for Buddha Purnima.
“Prime Minister Modi’s visit maintains India and Nepal’s tradition of regular high-level engagements in support of our Neighborhood First policy. It emphasizes the peoples of both countries’ shared civilizational legacy,” the MEA stated in a statement announcing the visit.
Looking Forward To a Productive Meet
Modi said in a statement that he was looking forward to meeting Nepalese Prime Minister Sher Bahadur Deuba again after their “constructive” talks last month in India.
Both sides will build on their shared agreement to expand cooperation in a variety of areas. Including hydropower, development, and connectivity, he said.
First Visit to Nepal after strained ties
The Prime Minister’s visit to Nepal is the first since tensions between the two nations erupted over boundary issues at Kalapani and Susta. As well as a map released by the government in 2019 to commemorate the restructuring of Jammu and Kashmir.
After the Nepal government opposed comments by External Affairs Minister S. Jaishankar about the Buddha being one of the “greatest Indians”. The visit to Lumbini is anticipated to settle another controversy about the Buddha’s birthplace.