Nepal Prime Minister Sher Bahadur Deuba speaking at a function organised to mark the 70 years of independence of India said that Nepal has tremendously benefited from its historic ties with India and looks forward to further strengthen its bilateral ties.

The function was hosted by India’s ambassador to Nepal Manjeev Singh Puri on Friday and the Nepal Prime Minister was the chief guest of the function. External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj and other dignitaries also attended the function. He also complimented India for its achievements in various fields over the past 70 years.

While addressing the gathering Sher Bahadur Deuba said that he is looking forward to his meeting with Prime Minister Narendra Modi in Delhi during his forth coming visit to India.

Sushma Swaraj who is on a two-day visit to the country also addressed the gathering and highlighted the struggle and achievements of India in past 7 decades. “India is not only the largest democracy in the world but also a successful democracy,” she said. She further underlined that India has always kept its relations with Nepal a priority.

Other than Sushma Swaraj CPN-Maoist Centre chairman Prachanda, Home Minister Janardan Sharma, Bollywood actress Manisha Koirala were among other over 250 dignitaries who attended the occasion.

During her visit, Sushma also attended the BIMSTEC-Foreign Ministers’ Meeting held in Kathmandu. Bangladesh, India, Myanmar, Sri Lanka, Thailand, Bhutan and Nepal are members of the BIMSTEC.