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President Bhandari to address the Federal Parliament on March 29

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KATHMANDU — President Bidya Devi Bhandari will address both the houses of the Federal Parliament on March 29.

A Cabinet meeting held at the Prime Minister’s official residence in Baluwatar today fixed the date for the President’s address.

This will be the incumbent President’s first appearance at the Federal Parliament comprising the House of Representatives and the National Assembly.

Likewise, the meeting has decided to provide diplomatic passports to province chiefs and chiefs of District Coordination Committee and official passports to chiefs of Municipality and Rural Municipality.

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The meeting has also appointed Kundan Aryal as the press advisor of Prime Minister KP Sharma Oli. Joshi will get facilities at par with senior government officials.

Likewise, Achyut Mainali has been appointed as the public relation advisor. He will get facilities at par with the state minister.

The meeting has also decided to extend the term of 13 colonels of Nepal Army by two years.

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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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