PM Abbasi to visit Nepal on Monday

KATHMANDU: Prime Minister (PM) Shahid Khaqan Abbasi will pay a two-day visit to Nepal on Monday, the Embassy of Pakistan in Kathmandu confirmed.

The embassy official confirmed to Nepalese media, “PM Abbasi will be visiting Nepal in the first week of March. Once we get an official confirmation we will make a formal announcement.”

According to former law minister Nilamber Acharya and CPN-UML leader Rajan Bhattarai, PM Abbasi will arrive in Kathmandu on Monday and return to Pakistan on Tuesday. He will congratulate KP Sharma Oli on his recent appointment as the prime minister of Nepal, and become the first head of state to visit Nepal after Oli assumed power.

Leaders of both states are expected to discuss bilateral relations, especially the issues relating to South Asian Association for Regional Cooperation (SAARC).

The purpose of Abbasi’s visit is to expedite the SAARC process which has remained stalled for two years, a government official in Nepal told.

Both Pakistan and Nepal are members of SAARC while the latter is the current chair. The last SAARC summit was held in Kathmandu during November 2014.

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