Nepal PM consults experts, political leaders ahead of China visit

Kathmandu: Nepal’s Prime Minister Pushpa Kamal Dahal ‘Prachanda’ has held extensive consultations ahead of his official visit to China later this month, a trip aimed at maintaining a balance in ties with both the neighbors – China and India.

This will be his second foreign trip after assuming the office in December last year. The 68-year-old Communist Party of Nepal-Maoist Centre (CPN-MC) leader visited India in June as his first foreign trip after assuming office for the third time.

During discussions held at the Prime Minister’s Office at Singha Durbar here, the Prime Minister was advised to prioritize the establishment of balanced diplomatic ties with the neighbors, to review the implementation status of past agreements, to pay heed to security affairs of mutual concerns, and to promote Nepal’s non-aligned foreign policy, sources said.

Those present at the meeting were lawmakers representing various political parties, political leaders, former prime ministers and former foreign ministers, they said. Earlier, Prachanda also held consultations with former foreign secretaries and former ambassadors of Nepal to different countries.

The Prime Minister also made it clear that the government was committed to maintaining balanced relations with Nepal’s two close neighbors and all other friendly countries. He reiterated the government’s commitment to the policy of non-alignment.

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