Nepal’s Prime Minister Sher Bahadur Deuba assumed office in July. Since then, Narendra Modi has met with him for the first time. Both the ministers discussed the ways to strengthen India-Nepal close bilateral relations. Further, they talked about the damage caused due to climate change and how they can combat it. Moreover, they also discussed issues like the post-pandemic effect in both nations and ways to recover the economies.
The meeting of Modi and Deuba followed the launch of IRIS. Initiative for the Resilient Island States (IRIS) focuses on the developing infrastructure of small island nations. It is an initiative launched by our Prime Minister during the COP26 summit in Glasgow.
Met PM @SherBDeuba in Glasgow. It is important we keep working together for sustainable development. He rightly highlighted the threat of climate change to the Himalayan region. pic.twitter.com/jfWjtz0ocA
— Narendra Modi (@narendramodi) November 1, 2021
The spokesperson for the Ministry of External Affairs, Arindam Bagchi also tweeted, “PM @narendramodi met PM of Nepal @SherBDeuba today. In their first engagement since PM Deuba assumed office, the two leaders discussed ways to further strengthen our close bilateral ties. Also discussed climate, COVID-19 & resolved to work together toward post-pandemic recovery”.
Discussions between Prime Minister Sher Bahadur Deuba and Prime Minister Narendra Modi about strengthening India-Nepal relations
It was their first meeting after Nepal’s PM, Sher Bahadur Deuba, President of the Nepali Congress took over this crucial post. However, Prime Minister Modi congratulated Mr. Deuba over the phone when he won the elections in Nepal.
Mr. Deuba immediately thanked Mr. Modi for his heartfelt congratulatory message. Further, both the Ministers discussed the ways to strengthen India-Nepal bilateral ties over the phone.
However, the relations between India and Nepal experienced a sudden strain during the time KP Sharma Oli was the Prime Minister of Nepal. The tensions grew when India inaugurated the 80-km-long strategically crucial road connecting the Lipulekh pass with Dharchula in Uttarakhand on May 8, 2020.
But recently, Mr. Deuba tweeted on his official Twitter handle that he is glad to meet his Indian counterpart at the COP26 summit. He said, “Glad to have met PM @Narendramodi Ji at @COP26. Sustainable development is vital — especially for the future of our shared Himalayan region, which is particularly vulnerable. I thank him for highlighting this and stressing the importance of working together!”