May 9, 2019 06:00 AM NPT
KATHMANDU, May 8: Prime Minister KP Sharma Oli is leaving for the visits of Socialist Republic of Vietnam and the Kingdom of Cambodia on Thursday. PM Oli is visiting Vietnam at the invitation of Vietnamese Prime Minister Nguyen Xuan Phuc, and visiting Cambodia at the invitation of Cambodian Prime Minister Samdeh Akka Moha Sena Padei Techo Hun Sen.
PM Oli is paying the official visit to Viet Nam on 9-13 May and to Cambodia on 13-15 May. PM Oli will be accompanied by his spouse, Radhika Shakya. According to the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, the PM is scheduled to hold delegation level bilateral talks with his Vietnamese counterpart Phuc.
He will also meet with the President of the National Assembly. The Vietnamese PM will host an official dinner in honour of PM Oli and his delegation. Similarly, during his visit to Vietnam, the PM will address the International Day of Vesak in Ha Nam Province in Viet Nam. He will also address the Ho Chi Minh National Academy of Politics and Nepal-Vietnam Business Forum in Ha Noi.
During the visit, the two countries will sign some agreements and memorandum of understandings to further promote bilateral relations. During the visit to Cambodia, PM Oli will hold delegation level bilateral talks with his Cambodian counterpart Hun Sen. Following the official talks, the Cambodian PM will host an official dinner in honour of PM Oli and his delegation. He will also meet with the President of the National Assembly and the President of the Senate. He will also address the business meeting in Phnom Penh.
The members in the delegation of the PM include Minister Foreign Affairs Pradeep Kumar Gyawali, Chief Advisor Bishnu Prasad Rimal, Foreign Affairs Advisor to the PM, Dr Rajan Bhattarai, Members of the Parliament, high-ranking government officials, elected representatives from local bodies as well as representatives of the private sector and media persons.
At a press meet organized by the Foreign Ministry on Wednesday, Foreign Minister Gyawali shared the information that PM’s visit will focus on tourism promotion and cultural exchanges. He further said discussion would be held to make an agreement on bringing in tourists from these countries directly to Lumbini following the operation of the Gautam Buddha International Airport in Lumbini. The PM and the delegation return home on 15 May.