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PM Oli, Pakistan PM Abbasi hold talks,agree to revitalize SAARC process

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KATHMANDU — Pakistan Prime Minister Shahid Khaqan Abbasi who arrived in Nepal on Monday afternoon held talks with Nepali counterpart KP Sharma Oli in Hotel Yak and Yeti.

Apart from the issues over the SAARC, during the meeting, matters related to enhancing bilateral cooperation in the fields of investment, trade, tourism, agriculture, and human resources development were also discussed. The two leaders agreed to hold regularly the meetings of bilateral mechanisms, according to PM Oli’s secretariat.

They also exchanged views on revitalizing the SAARC process in the spirit of the Charter, according to a statement issued by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs yesterday evening.

Nepal, the chair of the SAARC had held the late 18th summit in 2014 and it was Pakistan’s turn to hold the next summit but was forced to be cancelled after the majority of the member nations expressed their unwillingness to attend.

Abbasi, who arrive here for two day official visit, received the Guard of Honor from the Nepal Army at Tundikhel that lasted for about 30 minutes. The Prime Minister of Pakistan Abbasi was warmly welcomed by Prime Minister Oli at the Army Pavilion, Tundikhel amidst a special ceremony. The Prime Minister of Pakistan inspected the guard of honor.

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Prime Minister Oli later hosted a banquet in honour of the visiting Prime Minister of Pakistan following the bilateral meeting.

Then Abbasi met the leaders of the various portfolio and parties including the Madhesh based parties.

Abbasi who is here to convey a congratulatory message to PM Oli is set to meet President Bidhya Devi Bhandari Tuesday and will return back to Pakistan this afternoon.

Earlier, the Prime Minister of the Islamic Republic of Pakistan arrived yesterday afternoon for a two-day official visit. He was received at the Tribhuvan International Airport by Minister for Finance Dr.

Yubaraj Khatiwada, Foreign Secretary Shanker Das Bairagi, the Ambassador of Nepal to Pakistan, the Ambassador of Pakistan to Nepal and other senior officials of both countries.

The Prime Minister of Pakistan is accompanied by Secretary to the Prime Minister Fawad Hassan Fawad, Military Secretary to the Prime Minister Brigadier Waseem Iftikhar Cheema and other senior officials of the Government of Pakistan.

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Govt, transport entrepreneurs strike eight-point agreement

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KATHMANDU — The government and agitating transport entrepreneurs have stroked an eight-point agreement on Friday.

The government has also agreed to amend provisions of the new Criminal Code as demanded by the transport entrepreneurs.

With the agreement, the agitating transport entrepreneurs have called off their protest programs after the government agreed to address their demands.

Tanker transport entrepreneurs had been staging protest since Tuesday against provisions in the penal code, including 10-year imprisonment for accidents and life imprisonment for causing death.

Following the agreement, the ongoing fuel supply crisis is now expected to end.

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The entire country has been facing short of fuel due to the disruption of fuel supply after tanker drivers went on a strike to press for their demands.

Earlier today, after nation wide fuel shortage, the Nepal Oil Corporation has decided to start rationing of fuel citing depleting stock due to inadequate supply of petroleum products.

According to the NOC, a two-wheeler will be allowed to purchase 5 liters of petrol and light four-wheeler vehicle will be allowed to purchase 15 liters of petrol.

Likwise, the state oil monopoly has urged the petrol pumps to sell maximum 50 liters diesel to short-route vehicles and maximum 100 liters to long-route vehicles.

The NOC has also urged the fuel stations to prioritise ambulances, school buses and government vehicles while selling the fuel.

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