Kathmandu: Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi has landed in Lumbini on Monday morning to participate in Buddha Jayanti celebrations.
He arrived on a special helicopter of the Indian Air Force, leading an 11-member delegation. Prime Minister Sher Bahadur Deuba welcomed his Indian counterpart at the helipad constructed near the International Buddhist Prayer Center and Auditorium here in Lumbini.
“Landed in Nepal. Happy to be among the wonderful people of Nepal on the special occasion of Buddha Purnima. Looking forward to the program in Lumbini,” Modi said in a tweet after landing in Lumbini.
Indian PM Modi waved to the general public gathered at the location after alighting from the helicopter.
Prime Minister Modi is scheduled to perform puja (worship) at the Mayadevi Temple after this.
A bilateral meeting between Prime Minister Sher Bahadur Deuba and his Indian counterpart Narendra Modi to be held here this afternoon would focus on the construction of hydropower projects, development of the physical infrastructure of Nepal and expansion of connectivity.
In the bilateral talks to be held between the delegations headed by both the Prime Ministers, matters related to overall mutual benefits and interests as well as enhancement of trade, tourism, investment and people-to-people relations would be widely discussed.
According to the Ministry of Foreign Minister, the PM Deuba-led delegation comprises ministers for home, foreign affairs, physical infrastructure and transport, energy, culture, tourism and civil aviation, education, science and technology, chief secretary, foreign secretary and Ambassador Sharma among others.
Likewise, PM Modi-led Indian delegation comprises a foreign secretary, joint-secretaries of the ministry of external affairs, and Kathmandu-based Chargé d’affaires of Indian Embassy Namgya Khampa.