Nepal renews invitation to China leaders

Nepal has renewed invitation to top Chinese leaders including President Xi Jinping and Premier Li Keqiang to visit Nepal on the occasion of 60th years of the establishment of diplomatic relations between Nepal and China.Minister for Foreign Affairs Mahendra Bahadur Pandey renewed the invitation to them via Chinese Foreign Minister Wang Yi during a meeting in Beijing on Wednesday.

The two foreign ministers also agreed to increase exchanges of high-level visits to mark the diamond jubilee celebrations of diplomatic ties that were set up on August 1, 1955.

“I renewed the invitations to President Xi and Premier Li through Foreign Minister Wang to visit Nepal,” Foreign Minister Pandey said upon his arrival from China today. “We believe further high-level exchanges will be made from the Chinese side.”

Pandey didn’t specify which leader and when will come from China to Nepal but stated that such trips would happen as per the convenience of both the sides.According to Pandey, Chinese Vice-President Li Yuanchao is also keen to visit Nepal and he has extended an invitation to him as well.Chinese Vice President Li during his meeting with Minister Pandey on Thursday had recalled his earlier visit to Nepal about two decades back and expressed his desire to make a formal visit of Nepal anytime soon.

Chinese Vice President Li and Foreign Minister Wang expressed their hope that Nepal would achieve lasting stability and find a path of sustainable development through an early promulgation of the new constitution, said Minister Pandey.

“Nepal is an important neighbour and is in priority of China’s neighbourhood policy,” Pandey quoted Li as telling him. “We are ready to extend support to Nepal in its endeavours towards infrastructure development and growth.”

Foreign Minister Pandey on his part commended China’s peripheral diplomacy, which primarily focuses on sharing China’s economic success and dividend to its neighbours.

Source: THT