Prachanda, Xi set to meet during BRICS summit
Nepalese Prime Minister Prachanda is set to meet Chinese President Xi Jinping during the BRICS summit next month in Goa, where India has invited the leaders of the seven-nation BIMSTEC grouping.
The Nepalese prime minister will meet the Chinese President in Goa on the sidelines of the BIMSTEC meeting, a senior Maoist leader close to Prachanda said.
The eighth BRICS summit and retreat is scheduled to be held in Goa on October 15 and 16. India has invited the leaders from the Bay of Bengal Initiative for Multi-Sectoral Technical and Economic Cooperation (BIMSTEC) countries to participate in the retreat that will follow the summit on October 16. BIMSTEC includes Bangladesh, Bhutan, Nepal, Sri Lanka, Myanmar, Thailand and India.
Xi was earlier due to visit Nepal next month. But there has been no official confirmation about Xi’s visit to Nepal.
The leader, however, said the proposed visit has not been cancelled and the government was making preparations for it to happen. The Nepal government has previously refuted reports that said the Chinese president’s visit was cancelled as China was unhappy with the new Prachanda-led government who visited New Delhi ahead of Beijing earlier this month.
Reports stated that China was unhappy over the lack of preparation for Xi’s proposed visit and over implementing the pacts reached by Prachanda’s predecessor KP Sharma Oli’s government to step up construction of road and rail links to Tibet to reduce landlocked Nepal’s dependence on India.