President Bhandari holds meeting with Japanese Prime Minister Abe

KATHMANDU, Oct 21: President Bidya Devi Bhandari has held a bilateral meeting with Prime Minister of Japan Shinzo Abe at the Akasaka Palace, State Guest House of Japan in Tokyo today morning.

The two leaders exchanged substantive views on the key aspects of bilateral relations that covered infrastructure development, trade expansion, investment promotion, human resources development, and tourism promotion among others, according to Embassy of Nepal in Japan.

On the occasion, President Bhandari congratulated the Government and the people of Japan on the Enthronement of Emperor Naruhito and extended best wishes for peace, prosperity and happiness of the people of Japan in the new Reiwa Era.

Bhandari also expressed deepest condolences to the Japanese government and people on the loss of people and property caused by the devastating Typhoon Hagibis that occurred recently in different parts of Japan.

In response, Abe thanked Bhandari for accepting the invitation to attend the Ceremony of Enthronement and expressed happiness to welcome her as the President of Nepal for the first time in Japan.

Abe assured of the continuation of Japanese cooperation for the socio-economic development of Nepal including in the field of infrastructure. Japanese Prime Minister has also responded positively to help Nepal expand trade and reduce the deficit.

Both sides also expressed views on exchanging high-level visits between the two countries.

Home Minister Ram Bahadur Thapa, Foreign Secretary Shanker Das Bairagi, Ambassador of Nepal to Japan Prativa Rana, Secretary at the Office of the President Dr. Hari Paudel, Principal Private Secretary to the President Dr. Bhesh Raj Adhikari and other high-ranking officials of the Office of the President and the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the Government of Nepal were present during the meeting.

Bhandari is on a three-day visit to Japan will return to Nepal on Tuesday (Oct 22).