Kathmandu: On the sidelines of the 19th Conference of the Member States of the Non-Aligned Movement (NAM), Prime Minister Pushpa Kamal Dahal and Sri Lankan President Ranil Wickremesinghe engaged in a bilateral meeting today.
During the meeting, Prime Minister Dahal underscored the shared commitment of Nepal and Sri Lanka to a non-aligned foreign policy. He emphasized the necessity of regional cooperation between the two nations for mutual benefit.
Prime Minister Dahal also highlighted the imperative of revitalizing the South Asian Regional Cooperation Organization (SAARC) and stressed the importance of a collective effort for its active and dynamic role. He proposed that regional cooperation and common interests be addressed through the dynamic functioning of SAARC.
In response, President Wickremesinghe expressed his continued support for SAARC and stressed the importance of collaboration between Nepal and Sri Lanka in matters of regional interests and common economic activities, as reported by Prime Minister Dahal’s Secretariat.
The bilateral meeting saw the presence of key officials, including Foreign Minister Narayan Prakash Saud, Prime Minister’s Foreign Affairs Adviser Dr. Rupak Sapkota, Foreign Secretary Sewa Lamsal, and other officials from the Ministry of Foreign Affairs. The discussions marked a significant step towards strengthening ties and fostering regional cooperation between Nepal and Sri Lanka.