China’s NPC Chairman Li holding high-level political meetings today

KATHMANDU: Visiting China’s National People’s Congress Standing Committee Chairman Li Zhanshu will remain busy with high-level political meetings on Tuesday.

Li is scheduled to hold a meeting with Prime Minister Sher Bahadur Deuba today.

Likewise, he is also scheduled to hold talks with Foreign Minister Dr. Narayan Khadka, National Assembly (NA) Speaker Ganesh Timilsena, CPN-UML Chairman KP Oli, and Maoist Center Chairman Pushpa Kamal Dahal Prachanda on Tuesday itself.

Li will hold separate meetings with UML Chairman Oli and Maoist Chairman Prachanda at the Federal Parliament Building.

After that, he will hold a meeting with Foreign Minister Khadka at Hotel Soaltee.

Li will then reach Baluwatar to meet Prime Minister Deuba.

He is scheduled to meet President Bidya Devi Bhandari at Rashtrapati Bhavan Sheetal Niwas on Wednesday afternoon.

Meanwhile, on Monday, the Federal Parliament of Nepal and the National People’s Congress of China inked a six-point memorandum of understanding (MoU) in Kathmandu.

Speaker Sapkota and Li signed the agreement at an event held at the Federal Parliament Building in New Baneshwar, Kathmandu.

According to the agreement, both parties would exchange information on each other’s legislative, supervisory and governance practices.

The MoU between the two parliaments also mentions the Belt and Road Initiative, an ambitious project promoted by China.

According to the agreement, the two governments would accord priority and facilitate promotion of inter-nation relationship, mutual benefits and commitments between the two countries, including through the Belt and Road Initiative, the fifth point of the MoU read.

Similarly, both parties have agreed to strengthen cooperation under the framework of international and regional parliamentary organizations, including the Inter-Parliamentary Union, on matters of common interest.

Li landed at Tribhuvan International Airport in Kathmandu on Monday.

Leading a delegation of about 100 people, leader Li is on a four-day official visit to Nepal at the invitation of Speaker Agni Prasad Sapkota. He will return home on September 15 on a special flight.

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