TOKYO: Pushpa Kamal Dahal ‘Prachanda,’ Chairman of the CPN-Maoist Center, has stated that his travel to Japan was intended to promote Nepal-Japan relations.
Dahal, who is on a five-day visit to Japan beginning today, told Nepali media at Narita International Airport that he will discuss Nepal-Japan relations with Japanese political party leaders.
“High-level visit generates a constructive climate for furthering ties between the two countries, expanding economic and other areas of cooperation,” he added, noting that Japan has been a significant donor country in Nepal’s growth.
During the tour, he also expressed sorrow for not being able to meet former Prime Minister Shinzo Abe in person.
“My intention to elevate Nepal-Japan relations by meeting Abe was not fulfilled,” he added. Former Japanese Prime Minister Awe was shot and died earlier this year during a political rally in June.
While in Japan, Dahal stated that he will research what the Nepali government should do to help Nepalis in the nation. The expertise, skills, and resources of Nepalis distributed over the world should be used for Nepal’s development, he added, noting that a new development process has begun in Nepal.
Informing that procedures have been created for non-resident Nepalis to enjoy certain rights in Nepal, excluding political rights, following the passing of the Citizenship Act by Parliament.
Durga Bahadur Subedi, Nepal’s Ambassador to Japan, greeted Chair Dahal at Narita International Airport. On Friday night, he departed Kathmandu for Japan at the request of the Nepali People’s Progressive Forum Japan.
Leader Dahal is set to kick off the Nepal Festival celebration in Fakuoka, Japan, today. According to his staff, he will visit Hiroshima on Sunday.
On Sunday, he will also participate in a discussion on ‘Concerns of Migrant Nepalis in the Economic Revolution, the Foundation for a Prosperous Nepal,’ held by the Nepali People’s Progressive Forum Japan.
According to his secretariat, Dahal will meet with the leader of Japan’s ruling Liberal Democratic Party during his visit to Japan.