Nepal's Prime Minister K P Sharma Oli
HÀ NỘI — Nepal's Prime Minister K P Sharma Oli began his visit to Việt Nam yesterday, during which he will attend the UN Day of Vesak 2019.
Accompany him during the four-day visit are Foreign Minister Pradeep Kumar Gyawali, advisors Bishnu Prasad Rimal and Rajan Bhattarai, and Nepali Ambassador to Thailand Khaganath Adhikari, among others.
Việt Nam and Nepal set up diplomatic relations on May 15, 1975, and have maintained sound relations in many areas. The two sides have regularly exchanged delegations in various areas from politics to trade.
Over the past 44 years, Việt Nam has offered support to Nepal, including US$50,000 in aid to help it recover from an earthquake in 2015. The two sides are working on the signing of an agreement on visa exemption for diplomatic and official passport holders.
The two countries have supported each other at multilateral and international forums. Cultural and tourism co-operation, as well as people-to-people exchange, have been strengthened.
However, economic and trade ties between Việt Nam and Nepal remain modest. By September 2018, two-way trade reached only $38 million. Việt Nam mostly exported to Nepal peppercorn and plastic products, while importing garment-textile materials, leather, and footwear.
The visit takes place in the context of smooth developments in the friendship between Việt Nam and Nepal, especially collaboration through the Party channel and economic-trade partnership.
Vesak 2019, or the 16th UN Day of Vesak, will be celebrated at the Tam Chúc Buddhism Culture Centre in Kim Bảng District of northern Hà Nam province from May 12-14. — VNS