Kathmandu, September 12
Chinese Speaker Li Zhanshu has arrived in Kathmandu on a four-day official visit at the invitation of House of Representatives Speaker Agni Prasad Sapkota.
As Li landed at the Tribhuvan International Airport in Kathmandu this afternoon, Speaker Sapkota, National Assembly Chairman Ganesh Prasad Timalsina and officials from the Ministry of Foreign Affairs welcomed him.
Li Zhanshu is the highest-ranking Chinese official to visit Nepal after Chinese President Xi Jinping who was in Nepal in October 2019.
During the visit, Li would hold bilateral meetings with Speaker Sapkota whereas he will also pay courtesy calls on President Bidya Devi Bhandari and Prime Minister Sher Bahadur Deuba.
Sapkota and Li will also sign a bilateral agreement about parliament-level cooperation between the two countries. Sapkota is hosting a dinner to honour his guest tonight.
Whereas several parliament-level delegations visit Nepal on a regular basis, this is the first time that such a Chinese delegation is coming.
It has been learned that Sapkota wanted Li Zhanshu to visit Nepal as soon as he got elected to the position, but it has been possible only when the term of the House is being over.