KATHMANDU: Prime Minister KP Sharma Oli is leaving Saturday for Europe visit to strengthen relations and brief Nepal’s current initiative towards prosperity. The official visit to three European countries- Britain, France and Switzerland- will feature the investment issue prominently.
The official visit to Britain and France in a long gap is said to have carry special importance. Nepal has 203 years of diplomatic relations with Britain and 70 years with France. The visit being held in the wake of political stability in Nepal is expected to pave way for economic cooperation with the European countries. The visit comes also after the government presented its budget and policy and programmes setting the national goal of ‘prosperous Nepal: happy Nepali.’
PM Oli will be in Geneva on June 9 and 10 to attend the centenary function of the International Labour Organization. He will address the special function of the ILO. The Geneva programme will be attended by 45 heads of state and governments. He will hold the high level bilateral meetings there, as the Foreign Ministry stated.
The PM is scheduled to address a special programme to be organized at Oxford University in London on June 10 and hold bilateral meeting with British Prime Minister Theresa May on June 11. In course of the visit, he also holds meeting with Norwegian Prime Minister.
Foreign Minister Pradip Gyawali shared that PM’s visit to Europe was aimed at informing the friendly countries on Nepal’s current course and boosting relations. Talking to Radio Nepal and Nepal Television about PM’s visit, Foreign Minister Gyawali said PM Oli would make clear how the less developed countries like Nepal were facing the challenge of labour in the ILO programme. Even the issues of social security the government addressed as per new constitution would be shared before the international community.
Similarly, PM’s Advisor on Foreign Affairs, Dr Rajan Bhattarai, viewed that the visit would be successful to augment bilateral trade and cooperation in technology and bring in British investment.
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