Dignitaries start arriving for BIMSTEC

Published On: August 29, 2018 08:43 AM NPT By: Republica  | @RepublicaNepal

KATHMANDU, Aug 29: Bhutan's Chief Advisor Dasho Tshering Wangchuk has arrived in Kathmandu to participate in the fourth BIMSTEC Summit. He was welcomed by Deputy Prime Minister and Defense Minister, Ishwar Pokhrel.

President of Myanmar Win Myint arrived in Kathmandu on Tuesday for the 4th BIMSTEC Summit beginning in the capital on Thursday, while the heads of government of the remaining five countries are set to arrive on Wednesday and Thursday. 

Deputy Prime Minister and Defense Minister Ishwar Pokharel received Myint and first lady Cho Cho at the Tribhuvan International Airport in the afternoon. Myint will visit Lumbini, the birthplace of Lord Buddha, in the morning and will call on President Bidya Bhandari at Shital Niwas and engage on Nepal-Myanmar bilateral meetings on Wednesday. 

According to the foreign ministry, Sir Lankan President Maithripala Sirisena and Bhutanese Chief Advisor Dasho Tshering Wangchuk will arrive in Kathmandu on Wednesday. Bhutanese chief advisor Wangchuk is scheduled to meet Prime Minister KP Oli on Wednesday. 

Likewise, Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi, Bangladeshi Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina and Thai Prime Minister Seni Pramoj will land in the capital Thursday. President Bhandari has organized a lunch meeting for BIMSTEC delegates Thursday before the start of the summit. 

Meanwhile, a BIMSTEC ministerial meeting is scheduled for Wednesday to finalize the agreement papers and declaration of the fourth BIMSTEC Summit. Ministers of the BIMSTEC countries arrived in Kathmandu Tuesday for the meeting. Foreign ministers from India and Sir Lanka will represent the meeting while ministers from Bangladesh, Thailand, Myanmar and Bhutan will take part in the meeting.  

Foreign secretaries of the BIMSTEC member states arrived on Monday evening in Kathmandu for senior officials meeting held on Tuesday.

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