As Nepal-India EPG group of experts concluded their meeting in Kathmandu, foreign secretary Shankar Das Bairagi concluded his two days of official visit to China, holding high level bilateral meetings.
According to a press release issued by the Embassy of Nepal, Beijing, Foreign Secretary Bairagi held bilateral meetings with an assistant minister and paid a courtesy call on Foreign Minister of People’s Republic of China.
Foreign Secretary Shanker Das Bairagi held a bilateral meeting with Kong Xuanyou, Assistant Minister of Foreign Affairs, at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs. During the meeting, both sides extensively discussed matters of bilateral relations with a particular focus on the status of implementation of various agreements and understanding reached during the official visit of Prime Minister K. P. Sharma Oli to China in March this year.
Both sides underlined the importance of having high level exchanges to enrich the substance of bilateral relations. Substantive views were also exchanged on further promoting cooperation on trade, investment, tourism and people to people contact, connectivity and infrastructure development for mutual benefit of both countries. The progress made in post-disaster reconstruction in Nepal also figured during the meeting. The two sides reviewed the cooperation between the two countries on regional and global issues of mutual concerns.
The Foreign Secretary paid a courtesy call on Wang Yi, Minister of Foreign Affairs of China, at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs. The discussion covered the major aspects of Nepal-China relations and ways for further strengthening them. China desires to see a peaceful, stable and prosperous Nepal, the Foreign Minister said. The Foreign Secretary conveyed sincere thanks for China’s continued support in Nepal’s development endeavors.
Joint Secretary Jhabindra Prasad Aryal, Head of North East Division in the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Binod Bahadur Kunwar, Joint Secretary at the Office of the Prime Minister and Council of Ministers, Charge-d-affaires a.i. in the Embassy of Nepal Nirmal Raj Kafle, Binod Acharya, Minister (Economic), Harishchandra Ghimire, Minister Counselor, Sabitra Oli, Second Secretary and Suvanga Parajuli, Section Officer were present on all occasions.
Nepal and China have signed agreements in areas of free trade, transit transport, connectivity and financial cooperation, among others.