Kathmandu:Nepal’s former prime minister Pushpa Kamal Dahal Prachanda called on Prime Minister Shahid Khaqan Abbasi here on Tuesday and discussed issues of bilateral interests.

Prime Minister Abbasi congratulated Pushpa Kamal on continuation of democracy in her country, which he said was important for economic development.

Former prime minister Pushpa Kamal expressed confidence that the visit of Prime Minister Abbasi would provide an opportunity to further strengthen bilateral relations between Pakistan and Nepal.

The two leaders emphasized that Pak-Nepal relations were characterized by cordiality, mutual respect and commonality of interests.

Both sides exchanged views on progress on China Pakistan Economic Corridor (CPEC) and also Nepal’s participation in One Belt-One Road project.

Prime Minister Abbasi said the CPEC was the significant part of OBOR and had resulted in development projects including motorways, Gwadar airport, free economic zones and energy generation.

The meeting also discussed the Kashmir issue and plight of human rights situation in the country.

The two sides agreed that the friendly ties between Pakistan and Nepal had immense potential to be further explored and strengthened.