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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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Dahal says discussion about party unification process positive

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KATHMANDU — CPN Maoist Center Chairman Pushpa Kamal Dahal Prachand has said the bilateral discussions regarding the unification between the party and CPN-UML are heading positively.

Chair Dahal apprised the extended meeting held today at his Khumaltar-based private residence of the progress in the unification process.

Talking to media persons following the meeting, party Spokesperson Pampha Bhusal said that time would be taken for uniting the parties.

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“The date for the unification cannot be declared right now,” she said while stressing the need to make no haste on the matter of making a new party by merging two political parties.

According to Spokesperson Bhusal, party chair Dahal briefed the meeting about his discussions with the UML chair regarding party unification committee’s reports.

Stating that bilateral talks and discussions on the political and organisational issues were heading positively, leader Dahal assured the meeting that merging process was going ahead to ensure the unification as per the interests of both parties and the nation, according to Spokesperson Bhusal.

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