KATHMANDU: President Bidya Devi Bhandari and Prime Minister KP Sharma Oli have both sent wishes to their respective Indian counterparts - President Ram Nath Kovind and Prime Minister Narendra Modi - on the occasion of Republic Day in India.

President Bhandari has extended her best wishes for the health and happiness of the President of India and for peace and prosperity of the Indian people. In her message, the President has also wished that the historic bilateral relations between Nepal and India would further be strengthened, as per a press release issued by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs.

On the other hand, Prime Minister Oli has also expressed his wishes for continued peace, progress and prosperity of the Indian people. The Prime Minister states in his message that both countries enjoy deep and diverse relations marked by friendship, equality, cooperation, and mutual respect.

PM Oli expressed his appreciation towards India's marked progress in the fields of science and technology, medicine, and economy. He has also thanked the Indian government for sending one million doses of Covid-19 vaccines to Nepal as grant.