Kathmandu, March 5 A parliamentarian delegation from Bundestag (the German House of Representatives) paid a five-day official visit to Nepal from March 1 to 5. A press release issued by the Embassy of Germany said this visit further strengthened parliamentary relations between Nepal and Germany, contributing to the long-standing bilateral friendship and cooperation that has already lasted for 60 years. “We discussed with the international affairs committee of the Nepali government to work towards further cooperation and to organize regular exchanges. We would like to extend to them an invitation to visit Germany”, said Tobias Pflüger, head of the delegation. The members of the delegation met President Bidhya Devi Bhandari, Prime Minister KP Sharma Oli, Minister of Foreign Affairs Pradeep Kumar Gyawali and Minister of Finance Yuba Raj Khatiwada. They discussed a wide range of issues, including the current federal and economic transformation of Nepal, Nepal’s peace process and human rights, women empowerment and the necessity to increase access to high quality education for all as well as German-Nepali development cooperation and the upcoming investment summit scheduled to take place in Kathmandu, the release stated. During a two-day visit to Province 5 (Bhairahawa, Butwal, Lumbini) the delegation visited Lumbini Peace Park in Kapilvastu, Raj Brewery producing Warsteiner Beer since 2017 and Gautam Buddha International Airport construction site. They also discussed the potential for regional economic development with Province 5 Chief Minister Shankar Pokharel and representatives from the private sector. The delegation also discussed possible support to the prime minister’s efforts to promote technical and vocational training. Besides the official meetings, the parliamentarian delegation shared experiences with representatives of the Nepali civil society.
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Published: 10:05 am Mar 06, 2019