‘Chi­nese rail line to Nepal most sig­nif­i­cant ini­tia­tive in his­tory of bi­lat­eral re­la­tions’

Hindustan Times ST (Mumbai) - - HTNATION - Anil Giri

KATHMANDU: Nepal and China have agreed to ex­e­cute projects un­der the Belt and Road Ini­tia­tive to en­hance con­nec­tiv­ity that en­com­passes ports, roads, rail­ways, avi­a­tion and com­mu­ni­ca­tions within the over­ar­ch­ing frame­work of trans-hi­malayan Multi-di­men­sional Con­nec­tiv­ity Net­work.

Is­su­ing a joint state­ment dur­ing the visit of Prime Min­is­ter K P Oli that is un­der­go­ing in China now, the two sides also agreed to take prac­ti­cal mea­sures to pro­mote co­op­er­a­tion in all fields con­tained in the MOUS that in­cluded con­duct­ing fea­si­bil­ity study of Kerung-kathmandu rail­way, re­con­struc­tion of two friend­ship fridges, pro­to­col on the uti­liza­tion of Ti­betan high­ways for cargo trans­port and MOU on In­vest­ment and Co­op­er­a­tion on Pro­duc­tion Ca­pac­ity.

On rail­way pact, the joint state­ment says, “They un­der­scored it as the most sig­nif­i­cant ini­tia­tive in the his­tory of bi­lat­eral co­op­er­a­tion and be­lieved that it would her­ald a new era of cross-bor­der con­nec­tiv­ity be­tween the two coun­tries. Both sides agreed to make good use of the long-term com­mu­ni­ca­tion mech­a­nism on rail­way co­op­er­a­tion be­tween gov­ern­ment de­part­ments and pro­mote rail­way co­op­er­a­tion. The Chi­nese side agreed to pro­vide such sup­port as in tech­nol­ogy and per­son­nel train­ing.” Other pacts reached dur­ing the visit were es­tab­lish­ing of Mech­a­nism for Fa­cil­i­ta­tion on the Im­ple­men­ta­tion of China-nepal Co­op­er­a­tion Pro­grammes and Projects in Nepal be­tween the two For­eign Min­istries; MOU on strength­en­ing co­op­er­a­tion be­tween the two For­eign Min­istries; MOU on En­ergy Co­op­er­a­tion; Agree­ment on Eco­nomic and Tech­ni­cal Co­op­er­a­tion; and MOU on Hu­man Re­source De­vel­op­ment Co­op­er­a­tion.

REUTERS

Nepal's Prime Min­is­ter KP Sharma Oli shakes hands with Chi­nese Premier Li Ke­qiang dur­ing his visit to China on Thurs­day.

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