Koirala holds talks with his Saarc counterparts

- POST REPORT, Kathmandu
Koirala holds talks with his Saarc counterparts

Nov 26, 2014-

Prime Minister Sushil Koirala on Wednesday held separate bilateral talks with heads of state and government of Saarc member nations. The meetings focused on regional development, integration as well as bilateral issues between respective countries.

PM Koirala held talks with Afghan President Ashraf Ghani, Bangladeshi Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina, Bhutanese Prime Minister Tshering Tobgay, Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi, Maldivian President Abdulla Yameen, Pakistani Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif and Sri Lankan President Mahinda Rajapaksa at Soaltee Hotel. The heads of state/government of seven countries congratulated PM Koirala for successfully holding the Saarc Summit with warm hospitality.

Koirala and Indian PM Modi discussed on ways to further enhance bilateral relations between the two countries. “With PM Koirala, we had a good meeting and discussed ways to strengthen India-Nepal relations,” Modi tweeted. Pakistani PM Sharif also praised his Nepali counterpart for successfully conducting the summit. The duo prioritised implementing past declarations of Saarc.

Minister for Foreign Affairs Mahendra Bahadur Pandey, Nepali Congress leader Sujata Koirala and acting Foreign Secretary Shankar Das Bairagi accompanied PM Koirala during the meetings.

Indian PM Modi held separate bilateral meetings with Bangladeshi PM Hasina, Afghan President Ghani and Sri Lankan President Rajapaksa the same day. Other heads of state/government also met each other on the sidelines. However, bilateral talks between the Indian PM and his Pakistani counterpart is yet to take place. Sources say the two are likely to share words on Thursday during the retreat in Dhulikhel.

The meetings were followed by a dinner hosted by PM Koirala in honour of the heads of state/government.

Published: 27-11-2014 09:15

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