KATHMANDU, May 9: Prime Minister K P Sharma Oli has left for the official visits to Socialist Republic of Vietnam and the Kingdom of Cambodia.
PM Oli is visiting Vietnam from May 9-13 at the invitation of Vietnamese Prime Minister Nguyen Xuan Phuc, and Cambodia from May 13-15 at the invitation of Cambodian Prime Minister Samdeh Akka Moha Sena Padei Techo Hun Sen.
The prime minister is accompanied by his spouse, Radhika Shakya. He is leading a delegation which includes Minister Foreign Affairs Pradeep Kumar Gyawali, Chief Advisor Bishnu Prasad Rimal, Foreign Affairs Advisor to the PM, Dr. Rajan Bhattarai, Members of the Parliament, high-ranking government officials, elected representatives from local bodies as well as representatives of the private sector and media persons.
During the visit, the PM will hold delegation level bilateral meeting with his Vietnamese counterpart Phuc. The two countries will sign some agreements and memorandum of understandings to further promote bilateral relations.
He will also meet with the President of the National Assembly. The Prime Minister of Viet Nam will host an official dinner in honor of the Prime Minister of Nepal and his delegation.
The prime minister will also address the International Day of Vesak in Ha Nam Province in Vietnam. Vietnam is observing the Vesak Day from this year after the United National proclaimed it. The event will see the participation of high-level dignitaries as well as Buddhists monks and nuns from various countries, including Nepal.
He will also address the Ho Chi Minh National Academy of Politics and Nepal-Viet Nam Business Forum in Ha Noi.
Likewise, during the visit to Cambodia, PM Oli will hold delegation level bilateral talks with his Cambodian counterpart Hun Sen. Following the official talks, the Cambodian PM will host an official dinner in honor of PM Oli and his delegation. He will also meet with the President of the National Assembly and the President of the Senate. He will also address the business meeting in Phnom Penh.
A contingent of Nepal Army offered a guard of honor to the Prime Minister on the occasion.
Prime Minister Oli and the delegation will return home on 15 May.
Photos: Mukunda Kalikote/Reporters’ Club Nepal