FM Gyawali holds bilateral talks with Japanese counterpart
KATHMANDU: Minister for Foreign Affairs Pradeep Kumar Gyawali held a bilateral meeting with his Japanese counterpart Taro Kono on Monday at Ikura House, Tokyo.
The overall gamut of bilateral relations was discussed during the meeting. Both leaders expressed their satisfaction over the excellent state of bilateral relations between Nepal and Japan and expressed their commitment to further deepen and expand bilateral cooperation for mutual benefit. Both sides also stressed on the need for exchange of high level visits to further strengthen the bilateral relations, the Ministry of Foreign Affairs said.
On the occasion Foreign Minister Gyawali briefed his Japanese counterpart about the political gains achieved by Nepal and priorities of the Government of Nepal for economic development of the country. He requested for Japanese assistance in priority sectors such as development and modernisation of agriculture, energy, infrastructure development, tourism and human resource development.
The Foreign Minister also requested the Japanese side to facilitate early operationalisation of direct flights of Nepal Airlines between the two countries, to support in making the Visit Nepal Year 2020 successful, open the Japanese labour market for Nepali people, and encourage Japanese investors to invest in Nepal.
The Japanese Foreign Minister assured of the continuity of Japanese assistance to Nepal. He also assured of the Japanese government’s full support on realising the goal of “Prosperous Nepal, Happy Nepalis” including in the sectors of infrastructure development and connectivity, poverty reduction, development of agriculture, transfer of technology, climate change, and disaster mitigation.
The two foreign ministers witnessed the signing of Exchange of Notes for grant assistance of 350 million Yen to the Government of Nepal for carrying out the food assistance programme in Nepal as well.
Meeting between Minister Gyawali and Agriculture Minister of Japan
Earlier on Monday, the Foreign Minister met with Minister for Agriculture, Forestry and Fisheries Takamori Yoshikawa. During the meeting, the Foreign Minister thanked the Government of Japan for its assistance in agricultural sector of Nepal and requested for further support and cooperation in development and modernisation, market development and value chain in agriculture sector.
He also requested for Japanese cooperation to encourage Japanese investors to invest and transfer of technology in organic farming. The Japanese Minister for Agriculture, Forestry and Fisheries assured of enhanced level of Japanese government’s support as per the need in agricultural sector of Nepal.
The Foreign Minister also had a meeting with Toshihiro Nikai, the President of Nepal-Japan Parliamentary Friendship League and Secretary General of Liberal Democratic Party today. While highlighting the role of Parliamentary groups in strengthening bilateral ties, the Minister stressed on the need of exchange visits between the parliamentarians of the two countries.
Nikai assured of the continuity of Japanese support to Nepal. On behalf of the Federal Parliament of Nepal, Minister Gyawali extended a cordial invitation to Nikai to visit Nepal. On the occasion, many members of the Japan-Nepal Parliamentary Friendship League were present.
FM meets JICA President
Also today, the Foreign Minister had a meeting with the President of JICA Dr Shinichi Kitaoka. During the meeting, Minister Gyawali thanked for the contribution made by JICA in socio-economic development of Nepal and for its humanitarian assistance.
He requested the JICA to support Nepal in development and modernisation of agriculture, energy, infrastructure development, tourism and human resource development for achieving economic prosperity in Nepal. Kitaoka assured of JICA’s continued assistance in the ongoing projects and other priority projects of Nepal.
The Foreign Minister also attended a welcome luncheon programme organised by Japan-Nepal Society in his honour. While addressing the progamme, he thanked the Society for its support in promoting the interest of Nepali community in Japan, the Minister urged the society to act as bridge between Nepal and Japan to further enhance people to people contacts between the two countries and promote Japanese investment in Nepal.
During the programme, the Parliamentary Vice-Minister for Foreign Affairs of Japan, Norikazu Suzuki assured of Japan’s continued support to Nepal. The President of Japan-Nepal Society Mitsuaki Kozima expressed Society’s continued support to enhance the people to people relations between the two countries and promote the interest of Nepali community in Japan.