KATHMADNU:
Sri Lanka has decided to build two Buddhist temples in Nepal, in a bid to further consolidate friendly ties between the two countries.

According to The Island, a daily newspaper in Sri Lanka, an agreement in this regard was finalized during the recent state visit of President Maithripala Sirisena to Kathmandu.

The temple project is expected to be completed by 2020.

During his visit, President Sirisena held discussions with the President of Nepal, Bidya Devi Bhandari, and agreement was reached on Sri Lanka building two Buddhist temples to signify the close friendship between the two nations, the newspaper said.

Around 50,000 Sri Lankan pilgrims visit Lumbini, the birthplace of the Buddha, annually.

Ambassador for Nepal in Sri Lanka and Maldives, Prof. Bishwambher Pyakuryal said the goodwill visit of the President of Sri Lanka to Nepal was a further indicator of the goodwill that existed between both countries, which established diplomatic ties on July 1, 1957.

Tourism would be further strengthened to ensure that more Nepalese visited Sri Lanka to enjoy the sea beaches and the natural fauna and flora. Nepal is a landlocked country with no access to the sea or beaches. Attractions of sea life were looked forward to by tourists from Nepal visiting Sri Lanka, the Ambassador said.