No bilateral agreement during PM's China trip, says Mahat

KATHMANDU: Minister for Foreign Affairs Prakash Sharan Mahat said no any bilateral agreement or treaty would be signed with China during the Prime Minister Pushpa Kamal Dahal's visit to the northern neighbour beginning tomorrow.

Organising a press conference in Kathmandu today, the Foreign Minister said Nepal would put many agendas of bilateral cooperation on hold for now.

"Our preparations for many issues concerning bilateral relationship and cooperation have been over," he said, "(But) we hope that agreements would be signed on these issues in the near future."

Dahal is scheduled to leave for the northern neighbour tomorrow night to take part in the Boao Forum for Asia Annual Conference 2017.

The PM's delegation includes his wife Sita, Foreign Minister Prakash Sharan Mahat and Foreign Secretary Shanker Das Bairagi among others.

Meanwhile, Mahat informed today that arrangements had been fixed for Dahal's meeting with Chinese President Xi Jinping and Vice Premier Zhang Gaoli during the trip.

Likewise, Dahal would address the Boao Conference opening ceremony on March 25 in Boao of Hainan.

Then, he would leave for Beijing. He is scheduled to address intellectuals, educationists, professionals and students at the Beijing Foreign Studies University on the theme of 'Nepal-China Relations: Prospects for Growth and Prosperity' on March 26.

Dahal, then, would visit the Tibet Autonomous Region and meet officials of the Tibetan government.

The Nepal delegation would return home from Lhasa on March 29, according to Mahat.