Nepal, China exchange greetings on 60 yrs of ties

Nepal, China exchange greetings on 60 yrs of ties

President Ram Baran Yadav and Chinese President Xi Jinping have exchanged congratulatory messages on the occasion of the 60th anniversary of the establishment of diplomatic relations between Nepal and the People’s Republic of China on August 1, 1955.

The President of Nepal, in the congratulatory message sent to his counterpart on Friday, has expressed warm greetings and best wishes to the president, the government and the people of China.

President Yadav stated that the five principles of peaceful co-existence provide a strong foundation for bilateral ties and that Nepal respects the One China policy. He added that Nepalis hold the Chinese people in high esteem as true and trusted friends.

While expressing his happiness at China’s impressive socio-economic progress over the last six decades, the President expressed his best wishes for continued progress and prosperity of the friendly people of China, according to a press communiqué released by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs on the eve of the day.

Nepal and China are jointly marking the day in Kathmandu and Beijing on Saturday and have planned several activities and programmes throughout the year on both sides.

In his message, President Xi stated that China and Nepal are good neighbours, friends and partners. Xi added the bilateral relations have steadily developed over the decades. “The President att-aches great importance to the development of China-Nepal relations and has expressed his readiness to work with the President of Nepal for more fruitful results benefitting both the countries and peoples,” the statement read.

The Chinese president expressed his best wishes for everlasting friendship between the two countries.

Similarly, Prime Minister Sushil Koirala and Chinese Premier Li Keqiang also exchanged congratulatory messages on Friday on the occasion.

Koirala stated in the message sent to his counterpart that Nepal-China relations have been nurtured, strengthened and consolidated by mutual respect, understanding, trust and friendship for mutual benefit.

Koirala stressed that Nepal and China remain ideal neighbours and have been working closely on issues of common interest at regional and international forums. He added that China is Nepal’s trustworthy neighbour, an intimate friend and a reliable development partner. He underlined that Nepal does not allow any hostile activities on its soil against its neighbours.

Appreciating Chinese assistance in its development efforts, Chinese humanitarian support in the aftermath of Nepal’s earthquake and the Chinese commitment to substantial support to Nepal’s reconstruction and rebuilding, PM Koirala expressed his hope that Nepal would benefit from China’s phenomenal progress and prosperity.

The Chinese premier, in his congratulatory message, mentioned that China and Nepal have set a good example in building equal and friendly relations between small and large neighbours.

Premier Li added that the Chinese side consistently supports the efforts of the Nepali people in maintaining independence, sovereignty and territorial integrity and highly appreciates Nepal’s adherence to One China policy.

Foreign Minister Mahendra Bahadur Pandey and his Chinese counterpart Wang Yi also exchanged messages.

Source: eKantipur