Nepali deputy PM says his China visit helps build mutual trust, understanding

Nepali Deputy Prime Minister Krishna Bahadur Mahara said Tuesday that his recent official visit to China has greatly contributed to building mutual trust and understanding between the two countries.

Mahara, who is in charge of foreign affairs, told Xinhua: "I had very fruitful, cordial, positive and satisfactory talks with Chinese leaders including Premier Li Keqiang in Beijing."

During his visit, the two sides reiterated commitment to working closely to enhance rail and road connectivity under the Belt and Road Initiative proposed by China, he said.

"I told the Chinese leadership that there is common consensus among major political leaders in Nepal to carry forward railway connectivity between Nepal and China as a national priority project. Nepal and China agreed to take necessary measures to carry out technical study of the railway project," Mahara said.

The deputy prime minister said that China will be extending support to Nepal to develop mega projects such as highways, railways and cross-border transmission lines under the Belt and Road Initiative.

"The MoU on Energy Cooperation will pave the way for expanding cooperation between the two countries in the development of power generation projects and joint investment in power grid including feasibility study in cross-border power grid interconnection," he added.

In addition to Beijing, Mahara also visited Guangzhou, the capital city of China's southeastern Guangdong Province where he inaugurated the newly established Nepali Consulate General Office.

The deputy prime minister returned home Monday night after concluding his six-day official visit to China.

Editor: zhangjunmian