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Relations with neighbouring countries should be further strengthened: Minister Saud

2023 Jul 11, 7:34, Kathmandu
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Foreign Minister NP Saud has said Nepal's relations with neighbouring countries- China and India should be further strengthened.

During the meeting of the International Relations and Tourism Committee of the Parliament held on Monday, Foreign Minister Saud stressed that the relations with these two countries could not be compared with each other.

"The impact of both neighbouring countries as the emerging economy is increasing, and both have traditional relations with Nepal. It should be further strengthened. The relations should not be compared with each other", he mentioned.

The countries should put their concerns in a transparent manner, added Minister Saud. Stating that the relationship with India is historic and specific, the Foreign Minister viewed Nepal's relations with India as significant in view of open border, two-third trade and transit facility. Similarly, Nepal is committed to One-China Policy, he stressed that Nepali territory would not be allowed to be used against neighbouring countries.

Minister Saud pointed out the need for maximum mobilization of development assistance from the USA and European Union, adding he shared the information that Millennium Challenge Corporation would be implemented from August.

Memorandum of Understanding regarding Belt and Road Initiatives was signed in 2017 and discussion was underway regarding its implementation, he said. Foreign Minister Saud further said that the foreign ministry should be re-structured.


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