New Delhi: Success of Nepal's new Constitution will depend on "consensus and dialogue" and India was for peace, stability and overall development of the Himalayan nation, Prime Minister Narendra Modi said on Saturday after holding extensive talks with his Nepalese counterpart K P Sharma Oli.
The two leaders deliberated on all aspects of the bilateral relationship, particularly the political situation in Nepal, following which Oli said "misunderstandings" that persisted in the last few months "no longer exist".
External Affairs Ministry spokesperson Vikas Swarup tweeted, "Stepping forward into the future. PM @narendramodi welcomes PM KP Sharma Oli at Hyderabad House", along with a picture of the two leaders.
Vishwas ke 9 Prateek: India and Nepal exchanged 9 agreements for partnership and progress pic.twitter.com/lS31lh5gS6— Vikas Swarup (@MEAIndia) February 20, 2016
The two sides inked nine MoUs to expand cooperation in a range of areas including in transport and power sectors.
In his first overseas trip after assuming charge of the top office in October last year, Oli, accompanied by a 77-member delegation, arrived here Friday afternoon with a major focus on mending ties hit by issues relating to the Himalayan nation's new Constitution.
Earlier, Oli was accorded a ceremonial welcome at Rashtrapati Bhavan where Modi was also present. Before the PM-level talks, Swaraj called on Oli, during which he conveyed to her that Nepal is and will remain a "reliable" friend of India.
Official sources said Oli told Swaraj that he wants to "move forward in the relationship which is not man-made but entirely natural and civilizational."
Swaraj said the visit will deepen the trust between the two countries....