China and King Gyanendra happy with Nepal polls

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Kathmandu, April 13 (UNI) The Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the People's Republic of China expressed happiness over peaceful conclusion of the Constituent Assembly (CA) Election in Nepal.

In a press statement issued by the Embassy of China here, the ministry's spokesperson said his country was delighted to see that the CA polls were held smoothly.

''Nepal is China's friendly neighbour and we respect the choice made by the Nepalese people on the social system and development path according to Nepal's national conditions,'' a release said.

''China sincerely hopes that Nepal achieve political stability and economic development at the earliest,'' the release added.

It further said the Chinese side would continue provid assistance to Nepal within its capacity.

Meanwhile, King Gyanendra has said he is satisfied by the enthusiastic participation of Nepalese people in the CA elections.

''The enthusiastic participation of the Nepalese people in the CA elections, through which they have emphatically reiterated their firm resolve not to compromise the nation's existence, independence and integrity under any circumstance, is a source of satisfaction for us,'' the King said in his customary New Year's Day message.

''Along with peace and democracy, may the New Year inspire us all to uphold our legendary wisdom in ensuring that our national pride, its distinctive values and identity remain uppermost,'' he added.

''On the occasion of the advent of the New Year 2065, we extend best wishes for peace, good health and prosperity of all Nepalese, living in the country and abroad,'' the king remarked.

The message of the king has come at a time when the parties have said that they would declare the country republic after the first meeting of the constituent assembly.

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