Seems Nepal PM is taking a different turn to enhance bilateral ties with its ASEAN neighbors.
This became evident in the recent announcement made by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs (MoFA) about PM’s plans to visit smaller nations.
According to MoFA, PM Oli is embarking on a bilateral visit to Vietnam and Cambodia during May 09-15, 2019, upon invitations from the heads of two states Vietnam PM Nguyen Xuan Phuc and Cambodia PM Hun Sen.
Visit to Vietnam has been scheduled for May 09-13, 2019 and Cambodia trip will be during May 13-15, 2019.
Nepal and Cambodia have issued a 15-point joint statement with regard to PM Oli’s visit to the Kingdom of Cambodia on May 15, 2019.
As part of his three-day visit, Oli held discussions with the President of the Senate and Acting Head of State Samdech Vibol Sena Pheakdei Say Chhum, and also met Cambodian President of the National Assembly, Samdech Akka Moha Ponhea Chakkrei Heng Samrin,
Nepal PM also participated in a bilateral discussion with Cambodian Prime Minister Samdech Akka Moha Sena Padei Techo Hun Sen, on a wide range of issues related to mutual interest such as trade and economy, investment, tourism, culture, among others.
As part of discussions, the two sides also signed the Framework Agreement on Trade and Investment Kingdom of Cambodia and Government of Nepal, along with a MoU between the Chamber of Commerce departments of two countries.
The two leaders also address the Cambodia-Nepal Business Forum with prime focus on trade and business cooperation.
Oli will be back to Nepal on 15th May 2019 after his 8-day official visit to Vietnam and Cambodia.
As part of the Vietnam visit, Nepal PM Oli addressed the UN Vesak Day-2019 program held in Ha Nam Province of Vietnam on May 12, 2019.
Speaking on the occasion, PM said his country stands for Buddhism and welcomed Vietnamese to visit Nepal’s Lumbini at least once in lifetime.
The three-day program is being held under the slogan: ‘Buddhist approach to global leadership and shared responsibility for a sustainable society’.
Vietnamese Prime Minister Nguyen Xuan Phuc also said Vietnam holds responsibility of upholding peace and harmony in the world.
President of Myanmar Uwin Myint also stressed on the significance of Buddhist teaching and its application in daily routine.
Speaking on the occasion, the International Council for the Day of Vesak (ICDV) President Prof Dr Phra Bramapundit said the event holds high significance at the international level as a means to spread the message of peace and harmony.
Oli is also scheduled to hold bilateral talks with Phuc and also meet the President of the Vietnam National Assembly, followed by Ho Chi Minh National Academy of Politics and Nepal-Vietnam Business Forum in Ha Noi.
The two sides are also scheduled to sign key bilateral agreements and MoUs that contribute to the promotion of bilateral relations between the two nations.
Similar kind of meetings are also scheduled to happen during Cambodia visit.
Foreign Minister Pradeep Kumar Gyawali, Chief Advisor and Foreign Affairs Advisor to PM Bishnu Rimal, MPs, high-profile government officials, local body & private sector representatives, and media are going to accompany PM Oli in his bilateral visits.
These trips to smaller nations come as high significance for Nepal in view of the country’s regular visits and deals with Asian giants.