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Indian Prime Minister Visits Nepal

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Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi, second right, receives flowers from his Nepalese counterpart Sushil Koirala, after he arrived at the Tribhuwan International Airport in Katmandu, Nepal, Aug. 3, 2014.

Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi, second right, receives flowers from his Nepalese counterpart Sushil Koirala, after he arrived at the Tribhuwan International Airport in Katmandu, Nepal, Aug. 3, 2014.

Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi has arrived in Nepal on a diplomatic mission to firm up trade ties and speed up negotiations on energy and transport projects.

During his two-day visit, Modi plans to meet politicians across the political spectrum, offer prayers at a revered Hindu temple and address parliament.

High on the agenda is a possible agreement for India to provide electricity to neighboring Nepal and help develop the hydropower sector using Indian investment.

The plan has sparked a furious debate among politicians in Katmandu, with many saying it would grant India exclusive rights to Nepal's water resources.

Modi has been working to shore up support among smaller countries in the region since becoming prime minister in May. Many of those countries have been turning to China in recent years to invest in their energy projects.

Some information for this report was provided by AP, AFP and Reuters.

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