KATHMANDU: Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi has arrived in Lumbini on an official visit to Nepal coinciding with the 2566th Buddha Jayanti today.
He arrived on a special helicopter of the Indian Air Force, leading an 11-member delegation. Prime Minister Sher Bahadur Deuba welcomed his Indian counterpart at the helipad constructed near the International Buddhist Prayer Centre and Auditorium in Lumbini.
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Prime Minister Deuba accompanied by his spouse Arzu Rana Deuba, Home Minister Bal Krishna Khand, Minister for Foreign Affairs Narayan Khadka, Minister for Physical Infrastructure and Transport Renu Kumari Yadav, Minister for Culture, Tourism and Civil Aviation Prem Bahadur Ale and Minister for Education, Science and Technology Devendra Paudel welcomed the visiting Indian dignitary.
Also present were the Chief Minister of Lumbini Province, Kul Prasad KC; Government Chief Secretary Shanker Das Bairagi; Foreign Secretary Bharat Raj Paudyal; Ambassador of Nepal to India, Shankar Prasad Sharma; Charge d’Affaires at the Embassy of India, Kathmandu, Namgya C Khampa, among other officials.
Indian PM Modi waved to the general public gathered at the location after alighting from the helicopter.
Prime Minister Modi is scheduled to perform prayers at the Maya Devi Temple.