Chinese delegation continues assessing the political situation in Nepal and meets DeubaThe delegation also invited the Nepali Congress president to centennial celebrations of the founding of the Communist Party of China next year.
The visiting Chinese delegation led by Guo Yenzhou, a vice-minister of the International Department of the Communist Party of China, held talks with Nepali Congress President Sher Bahadur Deuba on Tuesday morning and discussed the latest political developments in Kathmandu.
Narayan Khadka, shadow foreign minister, and Dinesh Bhattarai, former foreign relations adviser to Deuba when he was prime minister, were also present during the meeting with Deuba.
Discussion on relations between Nepal and China also took place during the meeting, according Narayan Khadka.
Deuba’s private secretariat has confirmed the meeting.
During the meeting the visiting delegation extended an invitation to Deuba to visit China on the occasion of the establishment of Communist Party of China that will complete a century of existence next year, said Bhattarai.
The Communist Party of China is organising a grand function to mark the occasion in Beijing next year whose date is yet to be fixed. The invitation was extended by Chinese President Xi Jinping to Deuba, according to Bhattarai.
Deuba, during the meeting, congratulated the Chinese President, the Communist Party of China and the people of China for this occasion.
Deuba said that the friendship between Nepali Congress and the Communist Party of China goes back decades and nurtured since the premiership of BP Koirala, the founding leader of the party.
In 1960, when Koirala was the prime minister, Nepal and China signed a peace and friendship treaty, signed the first boundary protocol, resolved the dispute over Everest and gave new direction to the Nepal-China ties, according to Bhattarai.
The meeting Tuesday morning comes after separate meetings with President Bidhya Devi Bhandari and Prime Minister KP Sharma Oli on Sunday, the day of their arrival, and with Nepal Communist Party chairs Pushpa Kamal Dahal and Madhav Nepal, former senior party leader and prime minister Jhananath Khanal and former prime minister and leader of the Janata Samajbadi Party Baburam Bhattarai on Monday.
The Chinese delegation landed in Kathmandu on Sunday to assess the ground situation in Kathmandu particularly after the dissolution of the House by Prime Minister Oli last week.
Leaders meeting with the Communist Party of China delegation said that besides assessing the ground situation after the house dissolution, the Chinese side also discussed possible political ramifications of house dissolution, whether it will have impact on stability and development of Nepal, status of Nepal-China ties, progress made in China funded projects in Nepal, implementation of past accords and agreements among others.