Kathmandu – Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi is arriving in Nepal on May 11 for a two-day official visit. Modi will begin his visit from Janakpur at early hours of May 11. Minister for Defence and Province 2 Chief Minister will receive the visiting PM at the Janakpur Airport.
Nepali Prime Minister KP Sharma Oli and his Indian counterpart will offer prayers at the Janaki Mandir for a brief while before the duo jointly inaugurate the Ramayan Circuit Bus Route connecting Janakpur (Sita’s birthplace) to Ayodhya (Ram’s birthplace).
Modi will then be offered a civic-reception in Janakpur where he is likely to address the people gathered to welcome him. Leaders of parties representing the district have been invited to attend the programme. The provincial government, civil society and prominent leaders have been relentlessly working to make the much awaited Janakpur-visit ‘a success’.
Following the reception, Modi will leave for Kathmandu where Minister for Foreign Affairs Pradeep Kumar Gyawali will receive him at the Tribhuwan International Airport. He will then be escorted to the Army Parade Ground in Tundikhel where a Guard of Honour will be offered to him.
The government recently changed the former system of offering Guard of Honour at the Airport itself and shifted the venue to Tundikhel.
Indian PM Modi, following the Tundikhel event, will call on Vice-President Nanda Bahadur Pun and then President Bidya Devi Bhandari. Modi will leave for the Hyatt Regency for lunch after which PM KP Sharma Oli will receive him at The Dwarika’s Hotel in Battisputali for a high-level meeting.
PM Oli is holding a reception in honour of his Indian counterpart to end the first day of the latter’s state visit.
On May 12, Modi will fly to Mustang district to offer prayers at the Muktinath temple. An addition to a series of likewise ‘whirlwind’ visits in the past by the Indian External Affairs Minister and then the Pakistani Prime Minister, this sojourn is being held, mostly, as a ‘religious’ one.
Modi will return to Kathmandu from, Muktinath valley and receive blessings from lord Pashupatinath. According to a statement from the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, the Kathmandu Metropolitan City Office will also offer civic reception in honour of Narendra Modi.
This will be followed by a series of political meetings where leaders from various parties will call on the visiting PM. On conclusion of all business, Modi will leave for New Delhi via Tribhuwan International Airport on the evening.