PM leaving for BRICS-BIMSTEC Outreach Summit Saturday

PM leaving for BRICS-BIMSTEC Outreach Summit Saturday

Prime Minister Pushpa Kamal Dahal is travelling to India on Saturday to participate in the BRICS-BIMSTEC Outreach Summit scheduled to be held in Goa on October 16.

He is heading an 18-member delegation to the Outreach Summit that would be preceded by a Retreat Meeting of the leaders of BIMSTEC on the same day, the Ministry of Foreign Affairs said.

The Summit is expected to provide an important occasion to explore areas of partnership between the two dynamic groups of countries, according to the Ministry.

Prime Minister Dahal would deliver statements at the Retreat and the Outreach Summit.

The Retreat of BIMSTEC leaders is likely to discuss matters pertaining to terrorism, environment and climate change, disaster management, connectivity, agriculture, energy , trade, technology, tourism, poverty alleviation and people-to-people contact.

The Retreat is expected to adopt an outcome document for promoting regional cooperation.

The Prime Minister is scheduled to have bilateral meetings with leaders of the BRICS (a common forum of five emerging global economies, namely: Brazil, Russia, India, China and South Africa) and BIMSTEC (the Bay of Bengal Initiative for Multi-Sectoral Technical and Economic Cooperation) members on the sidelines of the Summit.

During his scheduled meeting with Chinese President Xi Jinping, the Prime Minister is likely to request the Chinese leader again for Nepal visit, Foreign Affairs Minister Prakash Sharan Mahat briefed the media about Daha’s schedule at a press meet organised here on the eve of the Prime Minister’s travel to India.

The Prime Minister would also have bilateral meetings with Russia’s President Vladimir Putin, Sri Lankan President Maithripala Sirisena, South African President Jacob Zuma and Bhutan’s Prime Minister Tshering Tobgay.

Prime Minister Dahal would be accompanied by his spouse Sita Dahal.

Other members of the delegation include Minister Mahat, Foreign Secretary Shanker Das Bairagi, Secretary at the Office of the Prime Minister and Council of Ministers Tanka Mani Sharma and other senior government officials.

He will return home on October 17.

Source: THT