PM to attend Asian-African summit in Jakarta

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KATHMANDU, APR 18 – Prime Minister Sushil Koirala is scheduled to attend the Asian-African Summit to be held in Jakarta on April 22 and 23. He wil leave for Indonesia on Monday.

The summit will be followed by the commemoration of the 60th Anniversary of the Asian-African Conference of 1955 (Bandung Conference) and the 10th anniversary of the New Asian-African Strategic Partnership which will be held on 24 April in Bandung, Indonesia.

The prime minister will lead a delegation to the summit as well as the following event. The theme of the events is “Strengthening South-South Cooperation to Promote World Peace and Security”.

According to the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, the PM will deliver a speech on the relevancy and importance of Panchasheel, strategic importance between Asia and Africa in the new global context and other contemporary issues.

According to PM’s Foreign Relations Adviser Dinesh Bhattarai, Koirala will hold talks with Indonesian President Joko Widodo, leaders attending the summit from the neighbouring and Saarc nations including China and India, and leaders from BIMSTEC and ASEAN member states as well as some leaders from African nations on the sidelines.

To attend the Asian-African Ministerial Meeting, Foreign Minister Mahendra Bahadur Pandey is scheduled to leave for Jakarta on Saturday. The meeting will be preceded by Senior Officials’ Meeting on April 19 which Officiating Foreign Secretary Shanker Das Bairagi will attend.

The PM and the members of the Nepali delegation will return on April 27.