August 14, 2016 06:33 PM NPT
KATHMANDU, Aug 14: Deputy Prime Minister and Minister for Finance, Krishna Bahadur Mahara, is leaving here for Beijing on Monday on a six-day China visit as a special envoy of Prime Minister Pushpa Kamal Dahal.
Secretary at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Shankerdas Bairagi, told the National News Agency (RSS) that DPM Mahara would hold discussions with high-level officials focusing all aspects regarding Nepal-China relations as well as Chinese President Xi Jinping's Nepal visit during his stay in China.
Special envoy Mahara would hand over an invitation letter to the Chinese government sent by President Bidya Devi Bhandari to her Chinese counterpart. Similarly, Mahara would also hand over an invitation letter to the concerned official sent by Prime Minister Dahal to Chinese Prime Minister Li Keqiang for Nepal visit.
Creating the environment conducive for the visits of Chinese President and Prime Minister and assuring Chinese side from all aspects is the main objective of DPM Mahara's China visit. DPM Mahara will be accompanied by Joint-Secretary at the Foreign Ministry, Jhabindra Prasad Aryal.
Another DPM Nidhi to leave for India this week
Meanwhile, Deputy Prime Minister and Minister for Home Affairs, Bimalendra Nidhi, is leaving for India as a special envoy of PM Dahal this very week.
Foreign Secretary Bairagi said, "We have been preparing to hold DPM Nidhi's India visit this week. We have urged Indian officials to make it happen as soon as possible."
He clarified that problem has surfaced as there were public holidays on Sunday and 70th Independence of Day of India on Monday.
DPM Nidhi's visit would focus on strengthening of relations between Nepal and India and Indian President's Nepal visit. The special envoy would also hold discussions with high-level officials about President Bhandari's cancelled visit to India.
The government on August 11 had decided to send DPM Mahara and DPM Nidhi to China and India respectively as the special envoys of PM Dahal. RSS