Foreign Minister Kono arriving, Nepal-Japan aviation agreement in the offing

Posted 2 months ago by Sandeep Bhattarai

Japanese Foreign Minister Kono arriving Kathmandu on Jan 9

Nepal and Japan are going to sign an Air Service Agreement. The agreement is being reached between the two countries during the official visit of Japanese Foreign Minister Taro Kono that begins on Wednesday.

The agreement will be signed following ministerial-level talks to be held tomorrow afternoon between Foreign Minister Pradip Gyawali and his Japanese counterpart Kono. Exchange of notes on Air Service Agreement and Memorandum of Cooperation between two foreign ministries on conducting bilateral consultation will take place.

At the invitation of Foreign Minister Gyawali, Japanese Foreign Minister Kono is arriving here tomorrow on a two-day official visit, leading an 18-member delegation.

The visit is expected to promote Japanese investment and tourism, and also become fruitful in sending a maximum number of Nepali workers to Japan’s labour market. Matters of bilateral interest and other aspects of Nepal-Japan relations are scheduled to be discussed during the delegation-level talks to be held under the leadership of the two foreign ministers, according to the Ministry of Foreign Affairs.

Foreign Secretary Shanker Das Bairagi told RSS that extensive deliberations and exchange of views will take place in the areas prioritized by the government for economic development and Japan’s possible contribution to it, including in the area of agriculture, energy, infrastructure, tourism and human resources development.

Facilitating the entry of Nepali workers for employment in Japan, establishing direct air service between Nepal and Japan by providing slots to Nepal Airlines Corporation aircrafts at the Osaka and Narita airports, expanding the scope of Japanese support to Nepal’s socio-economic endeavours including in post-quake reconstruction will also be discussed during the meeting, Bairagi said.

-Sharachchandra Bhandary , RSS

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