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Indonesian envoy calls on PM Khanal



KATHMANDU: Ambassador Indonesia to Nepal, Zet Murzal Zainuddin paid a courtesy call on Prime Minister Jhala Nath Khanal at the Prime Minister’s Office on Tuesday. The ambassador is resident in Dhaka, Bangladesh.

Welcoming the Indonesian ambassador to Nepal, Prime Minister Khanal recalled the long-standing relations between Nepal and Indonesia since the time of the Afro-Asian Conference in Bangdung in 1955, where the principle of Panchasheel was adopted. Diplomatic relations between Nepal and Indonesia were established in 1960.

Prime Minister Khanal during the meeting said both the countries have many cultural proximities and similar view on international issues.

He then apprised Ambassador Zainuddin on the situation in Nepal. “We are determined to bring out the first draft of the constitution in three months’ time and the peace process will be completed within same time as per time table published by the special committee,” Prime Minister Khanal said.

He also said Nepal would like to extend its economic relation with Indonesia during the period of economic reconstruction following the peace process.

The Indonesian ambassador extended the best wishes of the President and the Vice President of Indonesia to the Government of Nepal and hoped that under Prime Minister Khanal’s able leadership, Nepal would achieve success in establishing peace in the country.

He said that Indonesia wished to develop closer relation including in the tourism sector and added that for this air agreement and trade agreements are being planned

Ambassador Zainuddin said due to the similarity of culture and tourist interest, he proposes for a sister city relation between Bali and Kathmandu, and that they would be happy to share the large inflow of tourists visiting Bali with Kathmandu once there is direct airlink between the two countries.

The Indonesian ambassador also said that Indonesia will be providing more scholarships for the Nepalese students in future.

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