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Prime Minister Modi to visit to Nepal on May 16: Ministry of External Affairs

NEW-DELHI: Prime Minister Narendra Modi will pay an official visit to Lumbini on May 16 at the invitation of Nepali counterpart Sher Bahadur Deuba, according to the Ministry of External Affairs. This will be PM's fifth visit to Nepal since 2014.

According to official statement, PM Modi will visit the sacred Mayadevi temple to offer prayers at Lumbini. He will also deliver an address at a Buddha Jayanti event organized by the Lumbini Development Trust under the aegis of the Government of Nepal. Both Prime Ministers will hold a bilateral meeting, as per the statement.

During his visit on the occasion of Buddha Purnima, PM Modi will participate in the "Shilanyas" ceremony for the construction of a centre for Buddhist culture and heritage, in a plot belonging to the International Buddhist Confederation (IBC), New Delhi within the Lumbini Monastic Zone.