Modi felicitated by KMC at Sabha Griha, Mayor presents key-to-Ktm

KATHMANDU: Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi has been felicitated by the Kathmandu Metropolitan City at Sabha Griha in Bhrikutimandap today.

Minister for Foreign Affairs Pradeep Kumar Gyawali delivered the welcome speech at the City Hall function. "I am confident that the relation between Nepal and India will continue to deepen and widen in the coming days," remarked Gyawali.

Mayor of Kathmandu Metropolitan City Bidya Sundar Shakya then handed over the key to the capital city to the Indian Prime Minister, which symbolises that the door to Kathmandu would always remain open to him.

Modi was presented with various memoir tokens including a 55 kg Lord Buddha statue.

Modi addressed the guests present at the civic reception programme. He stressed on the special relation shared by India and Nepal and talked in length about the major cities of the Kathmandu valley.

'Sabka Saath, Sabka Vikas' is as much about global well being as it's about India's growth. India has taken lead in mitigating the menace of climate change. The International Solar Alliance has brought together nations from across the world," said Modi.

To everybody's delight, Modi talked about how a Nepali young cricketer, Sandeep Lamichhaney, is further strengthening the age old ties between the two countries via cricket.

He repeated 'Nepal Bhaarat Maitri Amar Rahos (Long live Nepal-India Friendship)' thrice at the end of his speech, the phrase he had used to conclude his speech while jointly addressing the press at The Dwarika's Hotel yesterday.