HIMALAYAN NEWS SERVICE
KATHMANDU: Japan’s Foreign Minister Koichiro Gemba arrived in Kathmandu today on an official visit.
He landed at TIA at around 10:00 pm and is slated to depart for India at 3:00 pm tomorrow.
Deputy Prime Minister and Minister for Foreign Affairs Narayan Kaji Shrestha received Gembo at TIA. Shreshta said, “The visit bears huge significance as this is the first visit by a Japanese foreign minister to Nepal in 35 years.”
During his 16-hour stay, Nepal and Japan will sign two agreements —MoU on Japanese food aid programme and exchange letters on strengthening the Election Commission in Nepal.
As per Japan’s KR-2 food aid agreement, Nepal will receive financial support of 250 million Yen per annum for food productivity growth while computers and voter boxes, among other things will be provided to the Election Commission.
Japanese aid for construction of Upper Seti hydropower project in Tanahun district, which costs an estimated $350 million and extension of the Japan-supported Tinkune-Suryavinayak road are in Nepal’s agenda.
Gemba is the first Japanese Foreign Minister to visit Nepal in three decades. He will hold talks with his Nepali counterpart Narayan Kaji Shrestha at 9:00 am, after which he will call on the Prime Minister and President before attending a luncheon hosted by DPM Shrestha in his honour at Hotel Annapurna.