Prime Minister Narendra Modi today arrived in Nepal to attend the fourth Bay of Bengal Initiative for Multi-Sectoral Technical and Economic Cooperation (BIMSTEC) summit.
He arrived in Nepal’s capital Kathmandu at 8:30 am (local time). The summit will be held from August 30 to August 31.
BIMSTEC, the regional group of seven countries which lies near the Bay of Bengal, includes Bangladesh, Bhutan, India, Myanmar, Nepal, Sri Lanka and Thailand. It came into existence on June 6, 1997, through the Bangkok Declaration.
Ahead of his departure, Modi said that his participation in the event symbolises the priority India accords to deepening ties with India’s extended neighbourhood in Southeast Asia.
“My participation in the Summit symbolises India’s highest priority to our neighbourhood and our strong commitment to continue deepening our relationship with the extended neighbourhood in Southeast Asia,” he said in a pre-departure statement in New Delhi.
“During the Summit, I will have interactions with all the leaders of BIMSTEC to further enrich our regional cooperation, enhance our trade ties and advance our collective efforts to build a peaceful and prosperous Bay of Bengal region,” he added.
On the sidelines of BIMSTEC Summit, Prime Minister Modi is expected to have a meeting with Bangladeshi Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina. He will be also handing over the hospice built in the premise of the Pashupatinath in Indian aid to Nepal.