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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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176 trafficked Nepalis rescued from Indo-Myanmar border

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KATHMANDU — At least 176 Nepali men and women, who were being trafficked into Myanmar, have been rescued by Manipur police and activists from different parts of Manipur, a northeastern state of India, in the last two days.

On their second day of rescue operation, the Tengnoupal police have rescued atleast 20 Nepalis including 5 women and 15 men, from a Hotel in Moreh town,Imphal Free Press, an English-language daily published from Manipur has reported.

The Moreh police have rescued as many as 60 nationals of Nepal including 45 women and 15 men.

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Earlier, over 105 Nepali women were rescued from Moreh and Imphal, the report stated.

The police team have also arrested the main suspect in the trafficking case identified as Madan Kumar Kharel, 52, Hailing from 07 Prithvinagar, Jhapa, Nepal.

The accused is reportedly responsible for bringing 20 of the 40 Nepali girls who were rescued from Moreh on Friday.

Meanwhile, Police also rescued 51 Nepalis from Imphal including 38 women and 13 men during Saturday rescue operations.

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