President Bhandari’s Japan visit fruitful

Kathmandu, October 24

President Bidhya Devi Bhandari returned home yesterday after wrapping up her visit to Myanmar and Japan.

At a news conference organised here yesterday to inform about her visit, Minister of Home Affairs Ram Bahadur Thapa said President Bhandari’s visit had helped further strengthen Nepal’s relations with Myanmar and Japan.

During her Japan visit, she attended the Japanese Emperor Naruhito’s enthronement on October 22. On the occasion, she thanked the Government of Japan, offered congratulations and extended wishes for happiness, peace and prosperity to the Government of Japan and its citizens, said Home Minister Thapa.

She also extended her grief over the loss triggered by Typhoon Hagibis in Japan that left at least 14 dead and offered condolence to the families of those killed in the tragedy.

President Bhandari said with political stability, a conducive environment for social development had been created in Nepal.

Home Minister Thapa said President Bhandari shed light on the steps taken by the government to draft a clear policy and create an investment-friendly environment in order to materialise the national goal of ‘Prosperous Nepal: Happy Nepalis’.

Stating that Japan’s capital, technology, skill and knowledge would be significant for Nepal as environment conducive for foreign investment had been created in the country, she expressed hope that people-to-people relations between Nepal and Japan would be expanded once there were collaborations between the two countries in trade, investment and tourism sectors.

Likewise, she expected help from the Government of Japan and its citizens to make Visit Nepal Year-2020, a success. She also requested high level participation from Japan in the Sagarmatha Dialogue scheduled to take place in Nepal in April-2020, wherein the countries from South Asia and beyond will discuss contemporary global issues, including climate change.

Minister Thapa said Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe extended gratitude towards President Bhandari for participating in Japanese Emperor Naruhito’s enthronement ceremony by accepting the Japanese government’s invitation. On the occasion, Japanese Prime Minister Abe expressed hope that Japan would always support Nepal in its socio-economic development.

The Japanese PM also expressed commitments of Japan’s continuous support to Nepal’s infrastructure development, development of human resources and to make Visit Nepal Year-2020 a success.

The event at the Nepali Embassy in Japan was attended by people from various walks of life, including Nepali students, non-resident Nepalis in Japan, Japanese lawmakers, high ranking officials of Japan and well wishers. On the occasion, the president expressed hope that Japan would continue its support for social and economic transformation of Nepal.

On the occasion, she also met with President of India Ram Nath Kovind. During the meeting, she invited President Kovind to visit Nepal, said Home Minister Thapa.

On October 16, President Bhandari embarked on her five-day state visit to the Republic of the Union of Myanmar at the friendly invitation of her Burmese counterpart Win Myint. During the visit, she also paid an official visit to Japan from October 20 to 22 after wrapping up her Myanmar visit.