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PM Oli urges Chief Ministers to get down to competitive development

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KATHMANDU — Prime Minister KP Sharma Oli has urged the Chief Ministers to get down to competitive development for the country’s prosperity.

In a meeting with the Chief Ministers of all the seven provinces at his office today, the Prime Ministsr has pointed out the need of competition between the province governments for the country’s better development, progress and prosperity.

He had summoned the Chief Ministers to the Office of the Prime Minister and Council of Ministers.

Stating that there was not much time for meeting the Sustainable Development Goals, he said the only option was to move ahead on the path to prosperity in the remaining 13 years.

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“We waged successful revolutions in various phases and now there is no alternative to the local, provincial and federal governments than to moving forward on the path of prosperity,” Prime Minister’s press coordinator Chetan Adhikari quoted the PM as saying in the meeting with the Chief Ministers.

The Prime Minister also gave directives for resolving the problem to do with giving complete shape to the laws needed by the province government through the facilitation committee formed under the coordination of the Attorney General.

“We should all work towards poverty eradication; now nobody will die due to cold in Tarai. What is required for the province government, please be clear and put your views,” PM Oli said.

On a separate topic, Prime Minister Oli said nobody would be allowed to interfere in the country’s internal affairs and that relations based on equality and goodwill would be maintained with all neighbouring countries.

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China to enhance mutually beneficial cooperation with Nepal under BRI : Chinese President XI

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BEIJING — Chinese President Xi Jinping has said that China is ready to to strengthen cooperation with Nepal in infrastructure connectivity, post-disaster reconstruction, trade and investment under the framework of the Belt and Road Initiative (BRI).

During the meeting woth visiting Nepal Prime Minister KP Sharma Oli on Wednesday, President Xi said that the two sides should strengthen cultural cooperation and build a solid foundation of public opinion for enhanced Sino-Nepal relations, according to a statement released by the Chinese Ministry of Foreign Affairs (MoFA),

President Xi also highlighted the need to strengthen cooperation to curb transnational crime and safeguard the common security of China and Nepal.

“China and Nepal need to strengthen communications and coordination on major international issues,” the Chinese MoFA statement quoted the president as saying.

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“China and Nepal are friendly neighbors sharing weal and woe since the establishment of diplomatic ties between China and Nepal,” Xi said, “The two countries have always carried out mutually beneficial cooperation on the basis of the ‘Five Principles of Peaceful Coexistence.'”

While appreciating Nepal’s One-China policy, President Xi reiterated Chinese support for safeguarding Nepal’s sovereignty and territorial integrity.

“China supports Nepal in independently choosing a social system and development path suited to its national conditions and hopes Nepal will achieve its development goals at an early date,” the statement further quoted Xi as saying during the meeting.

China appreciates Nepal’s firm adherence to the one-China policy and will, as always, support Nepal’s efforts to safeguard national independence, sovereignty and territorial integrity and support Nepal’s independent choice of social system and development, Xi said.

During the meeting, Prime Minister Oli extended his heartfelt congratulations to President Xi for the successful conclusion of the 19th National Congress of the Communist Party of China (CPC) in 2017 as well as the annual sessions of the National People’s Congress (NPC) and the Chinese People’s Political Consultative Conference (CPPCC) in 2018, according to a press statement issued by the Embassy of Nepal in Beijing.

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The Prime Minister also congratulated the Chinese president for successfully holding the 18th Summit of the Shanghai Co-operation Organization (SCO) last week and on his assuming chairmanship of the organization.

Prime Minister Oli has also handed over an invitation letter sent by President Bidya Devi Bhandari to President Xi to visit Nepal.

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