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Nepal and China will continue to work together in the future : PM Oli

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BEIJING — Prime Minister K P Sharma Oli has arrived at Beijing on a six-day official visit on Tuesday during which a host of key projects under China’s ambitious Belt and Road Initiative, including a rail link connecting Tibet with Nepal, are expected to be finalised.

Prime Minister Oli has arrived here in Beijing for a six-day official visit to China at the invitation of Chinese Premier Li Keqiang.

Addressing a reception held his honour by Nepali Ambassador to China Leela Mani Poudel on Tuesday evening, Prime Minister Oli said that Nepal and China will continue to work together in the future for common development and everlasting peace and prosperity in a spirit of mutual trust, friendship and understanding, and close co-operation and collaboration.

Oli further said that the construction of trans-Himalayan railway and other means of transportation will be expedited by his government.

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Nepal and China are committed to taking forward the agreement to develop the cross-border railway infrastructure to mark a new era in Nepal-China friendship and bilateral co-operation.

“In addition to railways, Nepal and China are also committed to developing multidimensional connectivity networks of roadways, airways, communications, and energy,” said PM Oli.

PM Oli also shared the fond memories of his visit to China in 2016 as Prime Minister during which the leaders of Nepal and China agreed to elevate bilateral relations to a higher pedestal.

According to him, the rapid and phenomenal advancement of transportation technology has brought profound changes in contemporary society. Transportation was the backbone of an economy, whether in developed or developing status, and is a vital public good today.

In fact, economic growth and socio-economic transformation are not possible without an infrastructure base, particularly in transport and communications, he viewed.

PM Oli also shared that the present government in Nepal has placed high priority on developing transport networks within and across the border.

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“I believe railway connectivity, in particular, is of vital importance to a landlocked country in order to reduce transaction and transport transit costs, diversify international trade and transit, and promote tourism and service sectors of the economy. Therefore, with a view to improve connectivity and trade, Nepal and China agreed in principle to develop railway network, across the Himalayas, during my first visit to China in March 2016.”

According to him, Nepal was committed to taking forward this important initiative further and developing the cross-border railway infrastructure to mark a new era in Nepal-China friendship and bilateral co-operation. In addition to railways, Nepal and China are also committed to developing multidimensional connectivity networks of roadways, airways, communications, and energy, the PM added.

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US to provide 4 Sky Trucks to Nepal Army

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KATHMANDU — The government of the United States is providing four Sky Trucks, light cargo and passenger aircraft, to the Nepal Army for rescue and disaster response efforts.

Two of the four Sky Trucks that will arrive in Kathmandu by 2020. Those two aircrafts will be newly manufactured while the rest will be refurbished aircraft.

The Army is running short of aircraft, with just around a dozen of heavy, medium, and light transport helicopters comprising its fleet.

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According to the US Embassy in Nepal, the value of the four aircraft is $35.5 million.

The US government had pledged the aid during an outgoing Chief of Army Staff Rajendra Chhetri’s visit to the United States in April 2016. The US government, during Chhetri’s visit to the US, had pledged to provide Nepal Army with four aircraft within two years.

During his farewell speech on August 8, Chhetri highlighted the US support as one of the significant achievements of his tenure.

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