‘Ties with neighbors strengthened following special envoys’ visits’

india_china_2_1KATHMANDU, Aug. 23 (Xinhua)–The Nepalese government said Tuesday that recent visits of two deputy prime ministers as special envoys to China and India were fruitful in taking the bilateral relationships with neighboring countries to a new height.

A meeting of the Council of Ministers of the Nepalese government has concluded that bilateral ties with China and India have been enhanced following the recent visits of special envoys to the two neighboring countries.

Deputy Prime Minister Krishna Bahadur Mahara, who is the in-charge of finance of the government, paid a visit to China from August 15 to 20.

Another Deputy Prime Minister Bimalendra Nidhi, who is the in-charge of home affairs of the government, visited India from August 18 to 23.

During the meeting, the two deputy prime ministers briefed the prime minister and cabinet colleagues about the outcomes of their visits to neighboring countries.

“The government believes that relationships with China and India have been enhanced to a new height following the visits,” government spokesman Ram Karki, who is also the information minister, told reporters after the meeting, on Tuesday.

The government spokesman said that top officials of both China and India had shown interest over the priorities of the new government in Nepal during meetings with special envoys in Beijing and New Delhi.

“Neighboring countries China and India have positive concerns toward the priorities set by the new government in Nepal,” the spokesman added.

During the meeting, Prime Minister Pushpa Kamal Dahal expressed hope that there will be high level exchange of visits from China and India to Nepal in near future.

Addressing a program in the Capital recently, Dahal said that the incumbent government wants having cordial and balanced relationship with both neighboring countries China and India as per the changed context.

The government had decided to send special envoys to China and India on August 11, a week after CPN (Maoist Center) Chairman Dahal was appointed as the prime minister.

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