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Pakistani PM Abbasi in Nepal on Two-Day Official Visit

KATHMANDU: Prime Minister of Pakistan Shahid Khaqan Abbassi is in Nepal on a two-day official visit, Pakistani media reports say.

Abbasi arrived in Nepal on Monday morning and was received by Nepalese Finance Minister at the airport.

During his visit, Abbasi will hold a meeting with newly-elect Prime Minister of Nepal Khadga Prasad Sharma Oli and would congratulate him on his victory.

PM Abbasi would also call on the President of Nepal Bidya Devi Bhandari.

This visit is part of Pakistan’s ‘proactive and outreach efforts’ to engage regional countries.

The foreign office stated that the PM will also felicitate the Nepalese leadership on successfully concluding the democratic process that resulted in the formation of a new government.

The PM will also explore the prospects of cooperation between the two countries regarding defense, trade, education, tourism and many other areas. He will also discuss the ways of invigorating SAARC as a pivotal regional organisation.

Earlier, Ambassador of Nepal in Islamabad Sewa Lamsal Adhikari called on the PM.

This is the first high-level visit of any Pakistani dignitary to Nepal since the newly-elected PM KP Sharma Oli assumed the office.

Before Abbasi, former PM Nawaz Sharif visited Nepal to attend the 18th South Asian Association for Regional Cooperation (SAARC) Summit back in 2015.

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