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PM Modi will visit Lumbini in Nepal on May 16

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Prime Minister Narendra Modi will pay an official visit to Lumbini in Nepal on May 16 on the occasion of Buddha Purnima, the Ministry of External Affairs (MEA) announced on May 12.

Mr Modi is visiting the neighboring country at the invitation of Nepali Prime Minister Sher Bahadur Deuba.

This will be Prime Minister Modi’s fifth visit to Nepal since 2014.

“In Lumbini, the Prime Minister will visit the holy Mayadevi Temple to offer prayers. The Prime Minister will also deliver a speech at a Buddha Jayanti event organized by the Lumbini Development Trust under the auspices of the Government of Nepal,” the MEA said.

In addition, the Prime Minister will participate in the “shilanyas” (laying of the foundation stone) ceremony of a Buddhist culture and heritage center on land belonging to the International Buddhist Confederation (IBC), in New Delhi, in the monastic area of ​​Lumbini, he said. The two prime ministers will hold a bilateral meeting.

“Prime Minister Modi’s visit comes in the tradition of regular high-level exchanges between India and Nepal under our Neighborhood First Policy,” the MEA said.

“This underscores the common civilizational heritage of the peoples of both countries,” he said in a statement.