PM Narendra Modi and Bangladesh PM Sheikh Hasina meet Nepal President Bidhya Devi Bhandari in Kathmandu. Photograph:( ANI )
Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Thursday attended the inaugural session of 4th BIMSTEC Summit.
Earlier, PM Modi arrived in Nepal's capital Kathmandu on Thursday for the BIMSTEC summit amid high-security cover.
The Indian prime minister was accorded the guard of honour at Kathmandu after his arrival after that PM Modi and Bangladesh PM Sheikh Hasina met Nepal President Bidhya Devi Bhandari.
Modi said on Wednesday that his participation in the Bay of Bengal Initiative for Multi-Sectoral Technical and Economic Cooperation (BIMSTEC) summit in Kathmandu signals India’s highest priority to its neighbourhood and a strong commitment to continue deepening ties with the “extended neighbourhood” in South-East Asia.
In a statement before leaving for Nepal for the two-day summit, Modi said he will interact with the leaders of Bangladesh, Bhutan, Myanmar, Sri Lanka and Thailand on the margins of the summit whose theme is ‘Towards a peaceful, prosperous and sustainable Bay of Bengal region’
“I also look forward to meeting Prime Minister of Nepal KP Sharma Oli and reviewing the progress we have made in our bilateral ties since my last visit to Nepal in May 2018,” he said.
The BIMSTEC is a regional grouping comprising Bangladesh, India, Myanmar, Sri Lanka, Thailand, Bhutan and Nepal. The grouping accounts for 22 % of the global population.