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Posted at: Mar 5, 2018, 7:07 PM; last updated: Mar 5, 2018, 7:08 PM (IST)

Pakistan PM Abbasi arrives in Nepal; meets KP Sharma Oli

Pakistan PM Abbasi arrives in Nepal; meets KP Sharma Oli
Pakistan Prime Minister Shahid Khaqan Abbasi is welcomed by his Nepalese counterpart KP Sharma Oli, after his arrival in Kathmandu. Reuters

Kathmandu, March 5

Pakistan Prime Minister Shahid Khaqan Abbasi on Monday arrived here on a two-day visit during which he will hold talks with Nepal’s top leadership as part of his country’s efforts to engage with regional nations.

Abbasi, who is visiting Nepal at the invitation of Prime Minister KP Sharma Oli, was received by Finance Minister Dr Yuvaraj Khatiwada at the Tribhuwan International Airport.

He was accorded the guard of honour at Army Pavilion at Tundikhel Ground in presence of Prime Minister Oli.

Abbasi is the first high level foreign leader to visit Nepal after Premier Oli assumed office last month.

Prime Minister Abbasi met his Nepalese counterpart Oli and exchanged views on matters of mutual interest, according to Nepal Foreign Ministry sources.

He will also call on President Bidyadevi Bhandari at Rastrapati Bhawan, Sheetal Niwas, Kathmandu, tomorrow and will meet other high officials of Nepal.

Abbasi is the first Pakistan Prime Minister to visit Nepal after an interval of three years.

Former premier Nawaz Sharif had visited Nepal to attend the 18th SAARC Summit.

Oli will host a dinner tonight in honour of Abbasi.

His visit will provide an opportunity to further expand and strengthen bilateral relations across all areas of mutual interest including trade, education, tourism, defence and people to people contacts, Pakistan’s Foreign Office said in a statement.

The visit is a part of Pakistan’s “pro-active and outreach efforts” to engage with regional countries, the Foreign Office said yesterday.

It said ways of invigorating the South East Association for Regional Cooperation (SAARC) as an important regional organisation will also be discussed. — PTI

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