August 15, 2016 12:41 PM NPT
Deputy Prime Minister and Finance Minister Krishna Bahadur Mahara (R) talks with reporters at TIA before leaving for China. (RSS)
KATHMANDU, Aug 15: Deputy Prime Minister and Finance Minister Krishna Bahadur Mahara left for Beijing on Monday with an invitation to Chinese President Xi Jinping to visit Nepal.
DPM Mahara is visiting the northern neighbor as a special envoy of Prime Minister Pushpa Kamal Dahal.
Talking to reporters at Tribhuvan International Airport (TIA) before leaving for China, DPM Mahara said that the main objective of his visit is to further enhance the bilateral relation between the two countries.
"I am leaving for China to strengthen the relation with China in the changed political context following the formation of the new government. We expect China's support to build good ties between Nepal and China and Chinese political leaders to visit Nepal."
He also pledged to carry on and implement the agreements reached between Chinese government and the earstwhile KP Sharma Oli-led government.
Though the detailed itinerary of the DPM has yet to be finalized, the DPM is expected to meet Chinese deputy prime minister, foreign minister and senior officials of the Chinese Communist Party.
DPM Mahara and Jhabindra Aryal, a joint-secretary at Ministry of Foreign Affairs, will reach Beijing on Monday via Chengdu.