KATHMANDU: Minister for Foreign Affairs Sujata Koirala is leaving on a six-day visit to People’s Republic of China tomorrow morning, leading a seven-member delegation.
Minister Koirala today met with Prime Minister Madhav Kumar Nepal and briefed him about her visit, including the agenda. Koirala also met chiefs of Nepali Army, Nepal Police and Armed Police Force today. They informed her about the latest security situation and anti-China activities in the country.
The visit is aimed at preparing ground for Prime Minister Madhav Kumar Nepal’s upcoming visit to the northern neighbour. The date of PM’s visit is likely to
be fixed during her trip,
officials at foreign
ministry said.
The delegation comprises foreign secretary Gyan Chandra Acharya, Koirala’s advisor Dr Chrinjibi Nepal, China desk chief Arun Prasad Dhital, Koirala’s personal assistant Bharat Sapkota, a Nepali Congress CA member and an under-secretary at the ministry.
Minister Koirala is scheduled to hold talks with her Chinese counterpart Yang Jeichi and
other top leaders of the Chinese Communist
party. She is expected to request the Chinese authorities to increase investment in Nepal. FM Koirala is scheduled to address the business community there.
According to ministry sources, Chinese side is likely to raise the issue of peace and friendship treaty during the visit. China has already submitted a draft of the treaty but the Nepali side is not prepared for this. China has also shown interest to develop special economic zones in bordering Nepali districts.
The ministry, releasing a press statement today, said political issues,
hydropower generation, infrastructure development, tourism and agriculture development will figure in the talks.
China is also likely to raise the issue of possible anti-China activities in Nepal. Trade deficit, border and visa problem are other agenda of the visit. A highly-placed source at the ministry said Chinese President Hu Jintao has refused to meet Koirala during the visit despite requests. “We are still effortful to arrange the meet but are not much hopeful about it,” he added.