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Nepal and China work on waiving visas for each other

March 1, 2009

Yubaraj Ghimire Posted: Feb 28, 2009 at 0258 hrs IST
Indian Express
kathmandu: Nepal is contemplating doing away with visa formalities for a
visit to China on reciprocal basis, according to high-level sources in
the Foreign Ministry. The proposal may be formalised when Prime Minister
Pushpa Kamal Dahal pays an official trip to Beijing sometime next month.

Sources said the issue has figured in meetings between the two sides. ?A
treaty of peace and friendship may be signed when the Prime Minister
visits Beijing either in April or May,? Om Sharma, Press Advisor to the
PM said but gave no details about the visa-waiver plan. Dahal, soon
after his meeting with Chinese Assistant Foreign Minister Liu Jieyi
today, said he wants his visit to Beijing to be a ?milestone? in
Nepal-China relations.

Industrialist Rajeshkaji Shrestha, who heads the Nepal-China Chamber of
Commerce, mooted the visa-waiver idea.

The Chinese delegation headed by Jieyi is in Kathmandu to finalise
details of the Nepal PM?s visit.

In addition to visa-free travel for people of the two countries, the
Government is set to sign the treaty of friendship as well as
extradition with the Chinese on the lines of Nepal?s bilateral
arrangements with India. Ostensibly, Liu?s visit ? over a week after
Indian Foreign Secretary Shiv Shankar Menon?s trip ? also aims at
securing Nepal?s commitment on checking activities of ?pro-Tibetan
elements? who will mark the 50th year of the Dalai Lama?s escape to
India next month.
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