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Nepal, China will work together for common development: PM Oli

- Post Report, Kathmandu

Jun 19, 2018-Prime Minister KP Sharma Oli said Nepal and China will continue to work together in the future for common development and everlasting peace and prosperity in a spirit of mutual trust, friendship and understanding, and close co-operation and collaboration.

Addressing a reception held his honour by Nepali Ambassador to China Leela Mani Poudel, Nepal and China are committed to taking forward the agreement to develop the cross-border railway infrastructure to mark a new era in Nepal-China friendship and bilateral co-operation.  “In addition to railways, Nepal and China are also committed to developing multidimensional connectivity networks of roadways, airways, communications, and energy,” said PM Oli.

Recalling the his previous visit to China in March 2016 as Prime Minister of Nepal,  PM Oli said Nepal and China had agreed to be partners-in-development under the Belt and Road Initiative. 

He noted that Nepal and China have benefited greatly from vibrant trade and commerce in the past as important parts of the ancient Silk Road. He added that both the countries should rejuvenate the Southern Silk Road and further boost their economies for mutual benefit.

Saying that the relations between Nepal and China are embedded in the history of civilizations between the land where Shakyamuni Buddha was born, and the birth place of Confucius, PM Oli said he arrived in China again with the treasure of deep trust and understanding between the two countries  

“The teachings of tolerance, compassion, moderation and harmony are our common heritage,” he noted.

He said Nepal is one of the world’s most fascinating destinations in terms of cultural diversity, natural beauty, and adventure tourism, China has emerged as the source of the largest number of outbound tourists worldwide. “By developing efficient connectivity networks, Nepal can benefit even more from the tourism industry while China can benefit from investment opportunities in the relatively unexplored hospitality industry of Nepal,” said PM Oli.

He further said that his dream of a ‘Sambriddha Nepal, Sukhi Nepali’ (Prosperous Nepal, Happy Nepali) is not just a dream but a mandate received from the people of Nepal, and the Nepali people have no choice but to achieve it, within a stipulated time-frame.

 “To achieve this objective, I would like to call upon all, including our Chinese friends such as businessmen and entrepreneurs present here this evening, to join hands together in our journey of common development and shared prosperity,” he said.

On the occasion, the Prime Minister also launched the official WeChat account of the Embassy of Nepal in Beijing and unveiled a special publication on tourism and investment opportunities of Nepal.

The PM is accompanied by his wife Radhika Shakya, Home Minister Ram Bahadur Thapa, Foreign Minister Pradeep Kumar Gyawali, Minister for Energy, Water Resource and Irrigation Barshaman Pun, Minister for Physical Infrastructure and Transport Raghubir Mahaseth, Chief Adviser Bishnu Prasad Rimal, parliamentarians, high-ranking government officials, representatives of private sector and media professionals.

Prime Minister KP Sharma Oli arrived here in Beijing on Tuesday for a six-day official visit to China at the invitation of Chinese Premier Li Keqiang.

Published: 19-06-2018 21:11

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