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Yang flies back to Beijing

KATHMANDU, JUN 25 - Wrapping up their two-day Nepal visit, the high-level Chinese delegation led by Chinese State Councillor Yang Jiechi flew back to Beijing on Tuesday afternoon.

Before boarding a flight to Beijing, the Chinese State Councillor met Vice President Paramananda Jha and participated in the function organised to start the work of Ring Road expansion Project.

Vice President Jha and Yang discussed issues related to the bilateral ties, political process in the run up to the Constituent Assembly election and other issues of mutual interests during the meeting.

Secretary at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs Durga Prasad Bhattarai saw off the Chinese delegates at the Tribhuvan International Airport (TIA).

Earlier today, Yang had met Chairman of Interim Election Government Khil Raj Regmi at the latter's office in Singha Durbar.

Two agreements were signed during the meeting between Jiechi and Regmi. As per the Bilateral Framework Agreement, Chinese government will provide Rs 150 million (10 million Yuan) to the Nepali side for Constituent Assembly (CA) election and Rs 3.06 billion to set up an Armed Police Force (APF) training academy.

Matters including expansion of the Kathmandu Ring Road, execution of the West Seti Hydroelectricity project, were also discussed during the meeting.

Also at the meeting, Chairman Regmi reaffirmed Nepal's firm commitment to the One China policy and that the territory of Nepal would not be allowed to be used for any activities against China.

Regmi also informed the Chinese State Councillor that efforts were being made towards making the elections free and fair through talks and cooperation, and towards bringing all the political parties on board the election process.

Extending gratitude for the cooperation, China has provided to Nepal's socio-economic development as well as for the peace process and the Constituent Assembly election, Regmi expressed belief that this cooperation would be continued in the days ahead.

Yang is the highest level foreign dignitary to visit Nepal after the formation of the Interim Election Government.

He is a well-known Nepal hand in Beijing and looks after foreign policy issues as State Councillor. He earlier visited Nepal in 2008 in his capacity as the Foreign Minister.

Jiechi, along with his delegates, had arrived here in Kathmandu on Monday afternoon on a two-day official visit to Nepal.

Chinese delegation visits Bhaktapur

Likewise, the visiting Chinese delegation also observed various historic and cultural monuments and heritage sites here today.

The delegation visited the Bhaktapur Durbar Square, the National Art Museum, the fifty-five windows Palace, Sundhara and other adjoining paces near the Durbar Square area.

Former Mayor of Bhktapur Municipality, Prem Suwal, welcomed the members of the delegation by presenting them the traditional Bhadgaunle cap. The team observed the area for about an hour.


Posted on: 2013-06-25 01:11