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January 18, 2019

Press Release on the State Counsellor’s Official Visit to Nepal

State Counsellor Daw Aung San Suu Kyi and Deputy Prime Minister of Nepal Mr. Ishwor Pokharel receive the salute from the Guard of Honour in Kathmandu, Nepal. Photo: MNA
State Counsellor Daw Aung San Suu Kyi and Deputy Prime Minister of Nepal Mr. Ishwor Pokharel receive the salute from the Guard of Honour in Kathmandu, Nepal. Photo: MNA

1. At the invitation of H. E. Mr. K.P. Sharma Oli, Prime Minister of Nepal, Daw Aung San Suu Kyi, State Counsellor of the Republic of the Union of Myanmar, paid an official visit to the Federal Democratic Republic of Nepal from 29 November to 1 December 2018 and attended the “Asia Pacific Summit 2018” held in Kathmandu in conjunction with the official visit.
2. The State Counsellor was accompanied by Union Minister for the Office of the Union Government U Min Thu, Union Minister for International Cooperation U Kyaw Tin, Deputy Minister of Commerce U Aung Htoo and responsible officials from the Ministry of Foreign Affairs.
3. The Myanmar Delegation led by State Counsellor Daw Aung San Suu Kyi left Nay Pyi Taw in the morning of 29 November 2018 by special flight and arrived Tribhuvan International Airport in Kathmandu, Nepal at 11:00 am. At the Airport, the State Counsellor was welcomed by Mr. Ishwor Pokharel, Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Defence of Nepal, Thiri Pyanchi U Tun Nay Lin, Myanmar Ambassador to Nepal, Mr. Bhim K. Udas, Nepalese Ambassador to Myanmar, responsible officials of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Nepal, and the Myanmar Embassy in Kathmandu. Then, The Guard of Honour saluted the State Counsellor at the Airport.
4. In the afternoon of 29 November 2018, the State Counsellor and Myanmar delegation attended the Opening Ceremony of Nepal Chamber Expo 2018, held at Bhrikuti Mandap Exhibition Hall. This year’s Expo was organized by the Nepal Chamber of Commerce designating Myanmar as Partner Country. In addition to Myanmar, exhibitors from Nepal, China, India, Japan, Bangladesh and Pakistan also participated at the Expo. The State Counsellor delivered an Opening Remarks and officially opened the Nepal Chamber Expo 2018. Twenty booths from the Ministry of Commerce and Myanmar entrepreneurs took part in the Expo and the State Counsellor and party made a tour of the booths of the exhibitors, including Myanmar booths.
5. In the evening, the State Counsellor attended the dinner hosted by Myanmar Ambassador to Nepal Thiri Pyan Chi U Tun Nay Linn and wife at the Residence. The State Counsellor cordially met with the Ambassador, staffs and family members of the Myanmar Embassy.

State Counsellor Daw Aung San Suu Kyi addresses the opening ceremony of the Asia-Pacific Summit 2018-Nepal held in Kathmandu, Nepal. Photo: MNA
State Counsellor Daw Aung San Suu Kyi addresses the opening ceremony of the Asia-Pacific Summit 2018-Nepal held in Kathmandu, Nepal. Photo: MNA

6. In the morning of 30 November 2018, the State Counsellor paid a courtesy call on H.E. Mrs. Bidya Devi Bhandari, President of the Federal Democratic Republic of Nepal, at the Presidential Palace in Kathmandu. The two leaders cordially discussed and exchanged views on promotion of existing friendly bilateral relations and cooperation and enhancing mutually beneficial cooperation including trade and tourism.
7. Afterwards, the State Counsellor met with Prime Minister of Nepal H.E. Mr. K.P. Sharma Oli at 11:30 a.m. at the Hotel Annapurna, and held bilateral talks. At the bilateral talks, both leaders cordially discussed and exchanged views on enhancing bilateral high-level visits, sharing experiences on democratic transition and peace process, enhancement of bilateral relations and cooperation in various sectors including promotion of bilateral trade and investment, finding possible cooperation in tourism and setting up direct air links to promote pilgrimage tours in 2020 Visit Nepal Year. The State Counsellor extended an invitation to the Prime Minister of Nepal to pay an official visit to Myanmar at a mutually convenient time.
8. After the bilateral talks, the State Counsellor and the Prime Minister of Nepal witnessed the signing ceremony of the Memorandum of Understanding between the two countries on cooperation on trade and investment. The MoU was signed by Union Minister for International Cooperation U Kyaw Tin and Nepalese Minister for Foreign Affairs Mr. Pradeep Kumar Gyawali. According to the MoU, Myanmar and Nepal agreed to promote sustainable development of bilateral cooperation of trade and investment and to take steps for promoting strategic cooperation in potential sectors such as tourism, agro tourism, agriculture, live stocks and transport and trade promotion. The two countries also agreed to establish a Joint Consultative Mechanism at the level of secretary.
9. The State Counsellor then attended the Luncheon hosted by the Prime Minister of Nepal in her honour at the Hotel Annapurna and exchanged toasts.
10. Later in the afternoon, the State Counsellor received the Chairman of the National Congress Party and former Prime Minister Mr. Sher Bahadur Deuba at the Soaltee Crowne Plaza Hotel.

State Counsellor Daw Aung San Suu Kyi receives Nepal Minister of Foreign Affairs  Mr. Pradeep Kumar Gyawali at the Soaltee Crowne Plaza Hotel in Kathmandu. Photo: MNA
State Counsellor Daw Aung San Suu Kyi receives Nepal Minister of Foreign Affairs
Mr. Pradeep Kumar Gyawali at the Soaltee Crowne Plaza Hotel in Kathmandu. Photo: MNA

11. In the evening, the State Counsellor and the Myanmar Delegation attended the dinner hosted by the organizers of Summit at the Soaltee Crowne Plaza Hotel in honour of the Heads of States/ Heads of Governments, attending the Asia-Pacific Summit 2018.
12. On 1 December 2018, the State Counsellor attended the Opening Session of the Asia-Pacific Summit 2018, held at the Hyatt Regency Kathmandu Hotel and delivered a Keynote Speech. The Summit was jointly organized by the Government of Nepal and the Universal Peace Federation with the theme of addressing the critical challenges of our Time: Interdependence, Mutual Prosperity and Universal Values and it was attended by 1,500 participants from 45 countries from Asia-Pacific region, including Cambodian Prime Minister Mr. Hun Sen and Vice President of the Philippines Ms. Maria Leonor Robredo, former leaders, Speakers of Parliaments, Parliamentarians, and representatives from religious organizations.
13. In the afternoon, the State Counsellor received Mr. Shanker Ghimire, Chairman of Myanmar-Nepal Friendship Association and its members at the Soaltee Crowne Plaza Hotel. Then, the Myanmar delegation led by the State Counsellor visited the Dharma Kirti Bihar Nunnery in Kathmandu and paid respect to Nepalese Nun Daw Dhammawadi and donated offertories. Afterwards, the State Counsellor attended the Dinner hosted by the Prime Minister of Nepal in honour of the Leaders, Speakers of Parliaments from the participating counties.

State Counsellor Daw Aung San Suu Kyi meets with Nepalese President Mrs Bidya Devi Bhandari in Kathmandu, Nepal.  Photo: MNA
State Counsellor Daw Aung San Suu Kyi meets with Nepalese President Mrs Bidya Devi Bhandari in Kathmandu, Nepal.  Photo: MNA

14. The Myanmar Delegation led by State Counsellor Daw Aung San Suu Kyi left Tribhuvan International Airport in Kathmandu for Yangon by a special flight at 11:15 a.m. on 2 December 2018. At the Airport, the State Counsellor was seen off by Mr. Ishwor Pokharel, Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Defence of Nepal, Thiri Pyanchi U Tun Nay Lin, Myanmar Ambassador to Nepal, Mr. Bhim K. Udas, Nepalese Ambassador to Myanmar, responsible officials of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Nepal, and the Myanmar Embassy in Kathmandu.
15. The State Counsellor and party arrived back at Nay Pyi Taw international airport at 2:30 pm.
16. The Asia-Pacific Summit was jointly held by the Government of Nepal and the Universal Peace Federation in Kathmandu from 30 November to 2 December 2018 and this year’s Summit was organized with the objective of addressing the challenges faced by the nations of the world ranging from poverty, terrorism, climate change, food insecurity, displacement, natural disasters through collective efforts among nations and peoples for global peace.
17. At its conclusion, the Asia-Pacific Summit issued the Kathmandu Declaration for Peace and Cooperation calling for tolerance, mutual understanding, accommodation and dialogue to resolve conflicts and ensure a more peaceful, equitable and inclusive world order.

Ministry of Foreign Affairs
Nay Pyi Taw
Dated: 2 December 2018.

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