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Australian Parliamentary secretary calls on PM, DPM

KATHMANDU: Visiting Australian Parliamentary Secretary for Pacific Islands Affairs and Foreign Affairs Richard Marles called on Prime Minister Dr Baburam Bhattarai today.

During the meeting that took place at the Office of Prime Minister and Council of Ministers Singha Durbar, matters relating to Nepal’s contemporary political situation were discussed, according to PM’s press aide Prashant Lamichhane.

On the occasion, PM Bhattarai said that the political parties here would able to break the political deadlock soon as discussions among them were underway.
Similarly, Australian diplomat Richard said that his government is thinking to increase its assistance to Nepal.

He stressed that assistance being provided by the Australian government to Nepal be spent in the sectors of education and health, for the construction of rural physical infrastructures and for the improvement of good governance.

Talking to media persons after the meeting, Richard stressed the need of taking the country towards economic progress by ending the existing political crisis soon.
He said that he thanked PM Bhattarai and other political parties here for their efforts to end the political stalemate.

In response, PM  Bhattarai said that his government was serious towards ending political crisis in the country as quickly as possible and working accordingly, said Richard quoting the PM.

The Australian Parliamentary Secretary  for Pacific Islands and Foreign Affairs had arrived here on Monday on a two-day visit to Nepal. RSS

Australian Secretary Richard calls on DPM Shrestha

Australian Parliamentary Secretary for Pacific Islands Affairs and Foreign Affairs Richard Marles called on Deputy Prime Minister Narayankaji Shrestha at Singha Durbar this morning.

During the meeting the two talked on the issues of mutual cooperation and current political transition in the country.

Talking to RSS correspondent after the meeting, Deputy Prime Minister Shrestha said the Australian government was committed to providing important support for the economic development of the country.

“We have appealed to Secretary Richard to increase the economic assistance being provided by the Australian government to Nepal,” said Shrestha.
In response, Richard said the Government of Australia is ready to increase its support to Nepal.

When Australian representative Richard kept his concern in the peace and constitution writing processes, Shrestha is learnt to have said the political parties have been holding talks to resolve current political transition and Nepali political parties themselves are able to seek a way out to the present political deadlock. RSS

Published Date: Tuesday, August 7th, 2012 | 03:19 AM

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