Cabinet okays Prez’s China visit

- POST REPORT, Kathmandu

Mar 13, 2015-

The Cabinet meeting on Friday approved the official visit of President Ram Baran Yadav to China beginning from March 24 for the annual conference of the Boao Forum for Asia (BFA).

The President will be leading an 18- member delegation to Boao from Kathmandu. The presidential delegation includes one minister, his daughter, Anita, two security personnel, a personal doctor, two advisers- Hari Sharma (foreign relations) and Surya Dhungel (Legal), Foreign Secretary Shanker Das Bairagi, Chief of Protocol Arjun Kanta Mainali, and Chief of South East Asia Division at Ministry of Foreign Affairs Jhabindra Aryal. President Yadav will meet his Chinese counterpart Xi Jinping and other Asian leaders on the sidelines of the Boao Forum. He is expected to discuss Nepal’s political status, Chinese economic cooperation with Nepal, and matters related to the upcoming 60th anniversary of Nepal-China diplomatic relations with the Chinese president.

This will be the second official visit of President Yadav to China and Nepal’s first high-level interaction and meeting with the new Chinese leadership.

Ahead of the President’s visit, Foreign Minister Mahendra Bahadur Pandey will pay an official visit to China from March 17 to 21. Pandey, who left for Japan on Thursday to attend a high-level conference on disaster risk reduction, is scheduled to travel to Beijing from Tokyo.  

Hong Lei, the spokesperson at China’s Ministry of Foreign Affairs, said in a press statement on Friday that China attaches a great importance on Nepali Foreign Minister Pandey visiting the country ahead of the 60th anniversary of the establishment of China-Nepal diplomatic relations. He added that Pandey will hold talks with his Chinese counterpart  Wang Yi and other officials.

  Through this visit, we hope to exchange views on the high-level interactions and the practical cooperation between the two countries and push forward the friendship and comprehensive cooperative partnership between China and Nepal, the statement said.

The Friday’s Cabinet meeting also decided to make the arrangement for the victims of recent acid attack to take their SLC exam from the hospitals where they are undergoing treatment. The meeting also decided to

provide compensation to the family of Bara rape victim and the family members from Dhading village who died after consuming poison-laced bread recently.

Published: 14-03-2015 07:44

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