NFA (KATHMANDU, 9 February 2021) – China has urged Nepali political parties to maintain unity and stability in Nepal for its own development and prosperity.
According to a press statement issued by China’s Foreign Ministry on Monday, in the context of a recent telephonic conversation between Foreign Minister Pradeep Gyawali and Chinese Foreign Minister Wang Yi, the Chinese Foreign Ministry said that both the ministers exchanged views on Nepal’s domestic political situation, besides extending Covid-19 vaccine cooperation.
On Friday, Gyawali and Wang held a telephonic conversation where the Chinese minister, according to a statement by Nepal’s Ministry of Foreign Affairs, announced that China would provide 500,000 doses of Covid-19 vaccine to Nepal on a grant basis.
The Foreign Ministry statement, however, was silent on discussion over the recent political situation in Nepal, especially after December 20 when Prime Minister KP Sharma Oli dissolved the House resulting in a split in the Nepal Communist Party.
The statement said that matters of mutual interests were discussed during the conversation.
According to the Chinese Foreign Ministry, Wang said that China adheres to the principle of non-interference in other countries’ internal affairs and respects the development path chosen by the Nepali people.
“As a friendly neighbour, China hopes that all parties and factions in Nepal will bear in mind the fundamental and long-term interests of the country and its people, seek common ground while shelving differences, and maintain unity and stability, so as to create favorable conditions and environment for its own development and prosperity,” the statement added.