China visit positive and fruitful: Dahal

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Kathmandu, Aug 27 (UNI) After returning from a five-day-visit to China, Nepal Prime Minister Pushpa Kamal Dahal has said his visit to the northern neighbour was ''positive and fruitful.'' Speaking to reporters at the airport after returning from China today, Mr Dahal said the visit was an important opportunity to share views on Nepal's peace process and development and economic issues with the Chinese leadership.

China has expressed satisfaction over the recent political changes in Nepal, he added.

The Chinese side showed interest in investing in various sectors in Nepal. There would be follow-up visits over the matters discussed during the visit, Mr Dahal said.

Mr Dahal met Chinese president Hu Jinatao and discussed bilateral relations. He also met Chinese prime minister Wen Jiabao and other senior officials during the visit.

On being asked about India's reaction over his visit to China breaking the tradition of Nepal's prime ministers, Mr Dahal said the visit was basically meant to attend the closing ceremony of the Olympic Games and it should not be viewed in negative light.

''My first political and formal visit will be to India,'' he said.

Mr Dahal led the 11 member Nepalese delegation to China on Saturday.


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