Pakistan wants to strengthen relations with Nepal: PM Shahid Abbasi
KATHMANDU (92 News) – Prime Minister Shahid Khaqan Abbasi on Tuesday met with Nepalese President Bidya Devi Bhandari in Kathmandu.
During the meeting, they agreed to enhance cooperation in all areas of mutual importance including political, economic, defense and cultural fields.
The prime minister said Pakistan attaches great importance to Nepal and desired to strengthen relations at the levels of the two governments and their peoples.
Both the leaders expressed satisfaction over the cooperation of the two countries at the international fora and desired to reinvigorate SAARC as an important regional organization.
He conveyed felicitations to the Nepalese President on the successful conclusion of the democratic process and the formation of the new government.
Abbasi highlighted that these developments were important milestones in Nepal’s march towards democracy, political stability and economic development.
He stressed the need to enhance economic relations and bilateral trade which stood US$ 5.78 million in 2016-17.
Speaking on the occasion, Nepalese President Bidhya Devi lauded the economic progress made by Pakistan in recent years and said the exemplary development in the country was admirable.
Senior government officials of Nepal and Pakistan’s ambassador to Nepal Mazhar Javed were also present in the meeting.
Earlier, Nepal’s former prime minister Pushpa Kamal Dahal Prachanda called on Prime Minister Shahid Khaqan Abbasi and discussed issues of bilateral interests.
The prime minister congratulated Pushpa Kamal on continuation of democracy in his country, which he said was important for economic development.
The former Nepalese prime minister also expressed confidence that the visit of PM Abbasi would provide an opportunity to further strengthen bilateral relations between Pakistan and Nepal.
The two leaders emphasized that Pak-Nepal relations were characterized by cordiality, mutual respect and commonality of interests.