Modi Deuba hold bilateral talks in Lumbini

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Kathmandu, May 16

Nepal Prime Minister Sher Bahadur Deuba and his Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi held bilateral talks in Lumbini, where the latter is on a day-long visit to mark the occasion of Buddha Purnima.

During the meeting, the two Prime Ministers recalled their fruitful discussions during the Deuba's official visit to India on April 1-3, according to the Ministry of Foreign Affairs in Kathmandu.

The two Prime Ministers also discussed a broad overview of Nepal-India cooperation and matters of mutual interests with a view to further enhancing the close and cordial ties between the two countries.

The two sides also agreed in principle to establish the sister city relations between Lumbini and Kushinagar and the necessary process will be taken in due course through appropriate local authorities, the Ministry added.

After the talks, six Memorandum of Understandings were signed between the two sides.

Earlier in the day, Modi and Deuba jointly laid the foundation of the India International Centre for Buddhist Culture and Heritage in Lumbini, the birthplace of Gautam Buddha.

Shortly after his arrival, the Indian leader offered prayers at the famous Maya Devi temple.

Modi is also scheduled to address a Buddha Jayanti event organised by the Lumbini Development Trust.


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