PM Abbasi arrives in Kathmandu for two-day official visit

Premier received by Nepalese minister Yuba Raj Khatiwada at the Tribhuvan International Airport


Sardar Sikander March 05, 2018
Prime Minister Shahid Khaqan Abbasi. PHOTO: REUTERS

Prime Minister Shahid Khaqan Abbasi has arrived in Nepal on a two-day official visit.

The premier was received by Nepal Minister for Finance Yuba Raj Khatiwada upon his arrival at the Tribhuvan International Airport in Kathmandu on Monday.

PM Abbasi is expected to convey felicitations to the Nepalese leadership on the successful conclusion of its democratic process, resulting in the formation of a new government.

PM Abbasi heading to Nepal for two days today

The PM will congratulate the newly elected Nepal PM Khadga Prasad Sharma Oli, who will be welcoming Abbasi at a guard of honour ceremony later today. During his visit, PM Abbasi will also meet the Nepal President Bidya Devi Bhandari.

According to a statement released by the PM Office, the Prime Minister’s visit will provide an opportunity to further expand and strengthen bilateral relations across all areas of mutual interest including trade, education, tourism, defence and people to people contacts.

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Ways of invigorating SAARC as an important regional organization will also be discussed, the statement says.

In the statement, PM Abbasi has stressed that Nepal is an important regional country and a close friend.

"Our ties with Nepal are characterized by cordiality, mutual respect and commonality of interests," Abbasi is quoted as saying.

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"Our support to each other at bilateral and multilateral fora has remained indispensible for both the sides," the premier adds.

Earlier, the Ambassador of Nepal in Islamabad Sewa Lamsal Adhikari had called on the prime minister on March 2 and conveyed the message of welcome from the Nepalese leadership to him.

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