PM Oli holds talks with Canadian counterpart, MoU signed

NEW YORK: Prime Minister KP Sharma Oli and his Canadian counterpart Justin Trudeau have signed a memorandum of understanding (MoU) on establishing a bilateral consultation mechanism between Nepal and Canada.

The agreement was signed on Tuesday (Monday as per US time) at the United Nations Headquarters in New York, USA. Signing of the MoU has now paved way to hold consultation on various facets of bilateral relations between the two countries.

The two prime ministers held discussions before signing the MoU. On the occasion, PM Oli expressed his happiness regarding the high level meeting.

He thanked the government and people of Canada for the assistance provided to Nepal and Nepali people, notably after the April 25 earthquake.

The Canadian Prime Minister also expressed his pleasure on holding the meeting at prime minister’s level and hoped to deepen, through this meeting, bilateral ties between the two countries.

Both the prime ministers arrived in New York to participate in the 73rd United Nations General Assembly.

Present on the occasion were Minister for Foreign Affairs Pradeep Kumar Gyawali, Chief Advisor to the Prime Minister Bishnu Rimal, Nepal’s Ambassador to Canada Kali Prasad Pokharel, Foreign Secretary Shanker Das Bairagi, Spokesperson at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Joint Secretary Bharat Raj Poudel, and Chief of Protocol Deepak Adhikari.

Diplomatic relations between Nepal and Canada was established in 1965.

PM Oli attends reception hosted by US President

Meanwhile, Prime Minister KP Sharma Oli also attended a reception hosted by President of the United States Donald Trump and First Lady Melania Trump, on Monday evening, in honour of the heads of states/governments of various countries who have arrived in New York to attend the 73rd United Nations General Assembly.

Prime Minister KP Sharma Oli was accompanied by spouse Radhika Shakya.

(with inputs from Rastriya Samachar Samiti)