Prime Minister Abe Meets with President of Nepal Bhandari
On October 21, commencing at 9:50a.m. for approximately 20 minutes, Mr. Shinzo Abe, Prime Minister of Japan held a meeting with Right Honorable Mrs. Bidya Devi Bhandari, President of Federal Democratic Republic of Nepal on occasion of her visit to Japan. The overview of the meeting is as follows. Mr. Akihiro Nishimura, Deputy Chief Cabinet Secretary and others attended from Japan side, and Hon. Mr. Ram Bahadur Thapa, Minister for Home Affairs and others attended from Nepal side.
1. Prime Minister Abe welcomed President Bhandari’s visit to Japan and stated “We believe that sustainable economic development in Nepal is important for the peace and stability of the region as a whole”. President Bhandari stated she was honored to attend historic Ceremony of the Enthronement of the Emperor and appreciated the enormous support from Japan to Nepal.
2. Prime Minister Abe welcomed the resumption of direct flights between Osaka and Kathmandu in August this year for the first time in 12 years, expressing his expectation toward the Visit Nepal 2020 which is being prepared by the Government of Nepal. He also stated that Japan would promote accepting human resources from Nepal in smooth and appropriate manners. In the context of infrastructure assistance for high-quality economic growth in Nepal, Prime Minister Abe expressed his hope that Japanese technology and knowledge would be utilized. President Bhandari expressed her gratitude for the provision of technology and knowledge that will contribute to Nepal’s economic development and she hoped the acceleration of infrastructure development. President Bhandari also expressed her expectation for an increase in the number of tourists and investment from Japan.
3. The two leaders also exchanged views on the situation in East Asia and other issues, and Prime Minister Abe requested understanding and support towards an early resolution of the abductions issue.