Nepal PM terms meeting with Modi, Xi rare as pleasant

Kathmandu: Nepal Prime Minister Pushpa Kamal Dahal today stated that BRICS-Bimstec Outreach Summit in India, described his meeting with leaders from the neighbouring countries as “rare and pleasant”.

According to The Kathmandu Post One particular meeting he was referred to was a session with Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi and Chinese President Xi Jinping late Saturday evening.

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“I was in the waiting lounge of the hotel where the Chinese president entered,” said Dahal, as he used the Nepali adage “dhunga khojda deuta bhetnu”, which translates into “finding god while looking for a stone idol”, giving a sense that Xi’s entry was a godsend (for him).

“After 20 minutes, Prime Minister Modi dropped in. He was also stuck in the same hotel due to some technical reasons.” Dahal described that moment as a “rare and pleasant” coincidence.

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“I put forward the idea of trilateral strategic cooperation and partnership among three countries. Both leaders described the proposal as positive,” said Dahal, adding “This is a positive aspect, and we must take it in a good light. The meeting was not pre-planned.”