PM KP Oli reaches Nepal after six-day China visit

File photo of KP Sharma Oli. Photograph:( Reuters )

WION Web Team New Delhi, Delhi, India Jun 25, 2018, 08.04 AM (IST)

Nepal Prime Minister KP Sharma Oil arrived in Kathmandu, Nepal from his six-day China visit on Sunday.

He had left for China on June 19 after accepting an invitation from his Chinese counterpart Li Keqiang. Oli held talks with Chinese President Xi Jinping and Premier Li Keqiang as both countries signed 14 agreements including a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) to build a railway link connecting Tibet with Kathmandu along with 14 cooperative documents.

Oli led 120-member delegation to China. 

Meanwhile, on Saturday, he said that Nepal will pursue an independent foreign policy as it serves as a bridge between India and China.

Nepal can serve as a bridge between India and China, Prime Minister KP Oli has said, insisting that his country will maintain close ties with the two neighbours while pursuing independent foreign policy during an interview Chinese media.

Oli said since the formation of his government, Nepal has intensified engagements with both neighbours. 

"We have made it clear that we pursue an independent foreign policy and a balanced outlook in the conduct of international relations," he said. 

"In foreign policy conduct, our two neighbours naturally receive top priority and with both of them, our relations are broad, comprehensive and multi-faceted," Oli added.

Asked whether Nepal will be the "land of the competition" or "bridge of cooperation" between China and India, Oli said Nepal has remained a sovereign and independent nation throughout history. 

"We are firmly committed to not allowing our territory to be used against the sovereign interests of our neighbours. We have the resolve to maintain this and we naturally expect similar assurance from our neighbours," he said. 

(With inputs from news agencies)