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Nepal, China discuss road connectivity, other interests
Publication Date : 01-09-2012
Nepal Deputy Prime Minister and Foreign Minister Narayan Kaji Shrestha held a meeting with Assistant Minister for Foreign Affairs of China, Ma Zhaoxu, on the sidelines of the 16th NAM Summit on Friday and held discussion on matters related to bilateral, regional and international issues of common interests.
DPM Shrestha said that Nepal attaches importance to its relations with China. Referring to Chinese Premier Wen Jiabao's Nepal visit in January, the DPM said that the visit had greatly contributed to the strengthening of bilateral ties.
"He emphasized the need to implement all the agreements and understandings reached during the visit. Reaffirming Nepal's stand on one China policy, DPM Shrestha reassured the Chinese side that Nepal would not allow any activity on its soil which is detrimental to the interest of the neighboring country," said a Foreign Ministry statement.
Stating that Nepal wants to be a vibrant bridge between the two big neighbours, Shrestha underscored the need for establishing rail and road connectivity between the two countries. He lauded China's role as a reliable development partner and its policy of non-interference in the internal affairs of other countries.
The Chinese assistant minister said that enhanced exchange of visits at high levels, increased physical connectivity, people-to-people contacts, practical cooperation, and cooperation at the regional and international forums should be the way forward in strengthening the bilateral ties.
He appreciated Nepal's firm stand on one China policy and requested for stronger support.
Stating that the Chinese government was positive towards expanding rails and roads to Nepal, he assured the Nepali team of cooperation for the upcoming Nepalese culture exchange programme to be held in China.