Islamabad, March 05, 2018 (PPI-OT): Pakistan and Nepal have agreed to enhance cooperation in political, economic, defence and cultural fields. This understanding reached during a meeting between Prime Minister Shahid Khaqan Abbasi and his Nepalese counterpart Khadga Prasad Sharma Oli in Kathmandu. Shahid Khaqan Abbasi felicitated Prime Minister of Nepal on the successful conclusion of democratic process, resulting in the formation of a new government in that country. Nepal’s Prime Minister Khadga Prasad Sharma Oli also hosted a banquet in honour of Prime Minister Shahid Khaqan Abbasi.

Prime Minister’s visit will provide an opportunity to further expand and strengthen bilateral relations across all areas of mutual interest including trade, education, tourism, defence and people-to- people contacts. Prime Minister Shahid Khaqan says sincere efforts are required by the member countries to explore true potential of South Asian Association for Regional Cooperation. Talking to Secretary General of SAARC Amjad Hussain B. Sial in Kathmandu, he said Pakistan is committed to play a constructive role in SAARC. He emphasized that SAARC believed in sovereignty of its member nations and is beneficial in making way forward for peace, stability and progress in the region.

Amjad Hussain updated the Prime Minister on the recent initiatives of SAARC. Meanwhile, talking to a delegation of CEOs and editors from Nepal’s leading national dailies and television channels in Kathmandu, Prime Minister said Pakistan’s high economic growth rate and progress is the result of political stability and democracy in the country. The editors showed keen interest in learning about progress on China Pakistan Economic Corridor since Nepal had also joined One Belt-One Road project in 2016. The Prime Minister said participation of Nepal in OBOR would usher in a new era of prosperity for the country.

The Prime Minister shared with editors the success of Pakistan in war against terrorism and apprised them that peace had been restored in all cities including Karachi. He also mentioned country’s high economic growth rate and construction of 17,00 kilometer network of roads and motorways.

The media representatives shared the state of media in Nepal, which had undergone a massive change with transition of democracy in the country. Prime Minister said media in Pakistan is quite dynamic and vibrant as democratic norms in the country ensured its independence. The media chiefs represented the ABC News Nepal, Janata Television, Gorkha Express and Naya Patrika National Daily.

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