-  Saturday 24 October 2020

China pledges support for CA polls

 -  The Himalayan Times

Kathmandu, March 03 2008 - China has pledged all-out support for the constituent assembly election slated for April 10.

Emerging from a meeting with Prime Minister Girija Prasad Koirala at the PM’s official residence at Baluwatar today, Chinese Assistant Minister for Foreign Affairs He Yafei told reporters: “I wish that the CA polls will be held on time. We are fully supportive of such a process.” Addressing PM Koirala, who flanked him, as “a good friend of China”, he added: “Nepal is the most reliable and good neighbour.”

Yafei voiced China’s support for the peace process and reaffirmed his country’s continued political and economic support to Nepal. He congratulated Koirala for getting disgruntled people on board for polls.

Foreign Secretary Gyan Chandra Acharya, who was present during the meet between the PM and Yafei, said he expressed happiness at the prospect of peace in Nepal.

The PM sought more economic aid, especially in areas like railways and road links, to connect the two nations.

Yafei said China was seriously considering the geographical and technical aspects of the possibility of extending road and railway links to Nepal.

Yafei said China wants to “expand cooperation” with Nepal in regional and international levels, including SAARC, and said China wants to support Nepal’s bid for membership of important international bodies.

Yafei said Acharya has been invited to visit China for further consultations on political and diplomatic matters.

Asked if Nepal featured in his recent meet with Indian External Affairs Minister Pranab Mukherjee, Yafei said they did not specifically discuss about Nepal, though they talked about regional peace. Yafei held a meeting at the Foreign Ministry today. He met Chief of the Army Staff General Rookmangud Katawal and signed a pact at the Finance Ministry regarding Air Cargo Inspection system for the Nepal Army. However, the army said the meet was only a courtesy call and no specific assistance was discussed.

Source : The Himalayan Times

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