India to upgrade road and cross-border rail links with Nepal

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India to upgrade road and cross-border rail links with Nepal
Nepalese Prime Minister Khadga Prasad Oli speaks during the inaugural ceremony of the India-Nepal business forum in New Delhi, India, Friday, April 6, 2018. Oli is in India on a three-day long visit. (AP Photo/Altaf Qadri)

NEW DELHI (AP) — India has pledged to upgrade road and cross-border rail links with Nepal and develop inland waterways to provide sea connectivity to the landlocked Himalayan nation.

Prime Minister Narendra Modi said Saturday that India would also help Nepal in the field of agriculture through organic farming, soil testing and education in farming.

Khadga Prasad Oli, who recently took over as Nepal’s prime minister, is on a three-day visit to India. He promised to build a strong edifice of trust with his much larger neighbor.

India’s main worry is that Nepal may now lean more toward China. But India surrounds Nepal on three sides and provides oil and other goods to the country. India extended a billion credit line to Nepal for infrastructure development in 2015.