China, Nepal agree to deepen political and bilateral relations

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New Delhi: Celebrating the 65th anniversary of diplomatic relations with Nepal, China has expressed its willingness to ‘work’ and ‘make positive contributions’ to deepen its relations with the Prime Minister KP Sharma Oli-led nation.

Beijing’s intent was directly communicated by President Xi Jinping, during his telephonic conversation with his Nepalese counterpart Bidhya Devi Bhandari. Jinping said that his government attaches great importance to the development of China-Nepal relations and is willing to work with Kathmandu to push for the continued advancement of the bilateral relationship. While exchanging congratulatory messages, the Chinese President also said he is ready to work with Bhandari to bring greater benefits to the two peoples and make positive contributions to regional stability and development.

After Jinping’s conversation with Bhandari, Chinese State Councilor and Foreign Minister Wang Yi in his message to the Nepalese leadership said that both nations have adhered to the ‘Five Principles of Peaceful Coexistence’ and conducted exchanges and cooperation in various fields on the basis of mutual respect, equality and mutual benefit.

Chinese state media agencies quoted Yi saying that he was willing to work together with Foreign Minister Pradeep Kumar Gyawali to strengthen communication and coordination and implement the important consensus reached by leaders of the two countries, so as to make positive contributions to greater progress in the development of the China-Nepal strategic cooperative partnership.

Meanwhile, speaking on behalf of Kathmandu, Gyawali said that Nepal is willing to maintain the momentum of high-level visits, deepen political mutual trust, and broaden cooperation in various fields so as to lift bilateral relations to a new level.

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