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India's abiding interest in Nepal is peace, stability, prosperity: President Mukherjee

Updated: Nov 04, 2016 17:38 IST

New Delhi [India], Nov. 4 (ANI): President Pranab Mukherjee, who is visiting Nepal, said Friday that New Delhi deeply values its partnership with Kathmandu and as a close and friendly neighbour, India's abiding interest in Nepal is peace, stability and prosperity.

While attending a civic reception in Janakpur, he applauded the efforts of people and government of Nepal for achieving inclusive economic development, and ensuring a peaceful and prosperous life for its peoples.

"India takes pride in its close development partnership with Nepal and the achievements of friendly people of Nepal. The people and Government of India are committed to further deepen and expand their close ties with Nepal on the basis of mutual trust and mutual benefit," he said.

The press statement issued in this regard said the key to economic development of Janakpur lies in the promotion of the tourism sector.

Recently, Janakpur and Ayodhya reinforced their ancient ties by signing a twin city agreement as development of the Ramayana tourism circuit, with better facilities for millions of pilgrims, will not only generate employment opportunities but also strengthen the story of our common heritage.

President Mukherjee also announced the construction of two dharmashalas along the Parikrama Path around Janakpur as he expressed hope that these two dharamshalas would be of benefit to the pilgrims from both Nepal and India.

Speaking on the occasion, the President said he was delighted to be in Janakpur, the city of Goddess Sita, who is revered both in India and Nepal. (ANI)