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Nepal set to sign agreement with China to be part of Obor

Kathmandu: Nepal is set to sign an agreement with China to be part of the One Belt One Road Conference, a pet initiative of Chinese President Xi Jinping, officials said Friday.

Nepal is sending a high-level delegation to China to attend the One Belt One Road Conference (Obor) which will be held on 14 May.

Chinese President Xi Jinping. File photo. Reuters

File photo of Chinese President Xi Jinping. Reuters

Deputy Prime Minister and Finance Minister Krishna Bahadur Mahara will lead the delegation which includes Physical Infrastructure Minister Ramesh Lekhak and Communications Minister Surendra Karki.

The Obor Conference will kick start on 14 May, when Nepal conducts the first phase of its local elections.

"The Nepalese side on Thursday informed the Chinese authorities that Kathmandu is sending a high-level delegation to the conference," Risi Raj Adhikari, foreign relations adviser to Prime Minister Prachanda was quoted as saying by the Kathmandu Post.

Though Prime Minister Prachanda had received an invitation to participate in the conference, the government has decided to send Mahara owing to the clash of local elections dates clash with the conference.

Nepalese officials are making preparations to sign an agreement with China during the conference for Nepal to become a part of Obor, a flagship foreign policy initiated by Chinese President Xi.

During his recent visit to China, Prachanda had assured Chinese authorities that Nepal would be a signatory to the initiative.

Foreign Minister Prakash Sharan Mahat and Foreign Secretary Shankar Das Bairagi are holding a series of meetings with Chinese Ambassador to Nepal Yu Hong in order to narrow down the differences for allowing Nepal to sign in the Obor at the conference.

The Obor initiative aims to link the economic circles in East Asia and Europe, connecting China — on land and over water — to partners in Asia, Europe and Africa.

The initiative, known as the revival of the ancient Silk Road trading route, would link Asian markets with economic groups in Europe.

Updated Date: Apr 28, 2017 19:15 PM

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