JUN 18, 2018: Pakistan’s Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff Committee Zubair Mahmood Hayat arrived here for a five-day visit on Monday.
Hayat will meet Nepali President Bidya Devi Bhandari, Defense Minister Ishwar Pokharel and top authorities during his stay in Nepal, the army headquarters said in a statement.
Hayat will be holding bilateral talks with Chief of the Army Staff of Nepali Army Rajendra Chhetri, according to the statement.
The top Pakistani military official will be visiting other destinations in Nepal during the visit.
Earlier in March, then Prime Minister Shahid Khakan Abbasi paid a two-day visit to Nepal and met his Nepalese counterpart Khadga Prasad Sharma Oli. It was the first official visit by a Pakistani head of the government in over two decades.
Both PMs agreed to enhance cooperation in areas of economy, defense and culture. They also discussed ways to reinvigorate SAARC as an important regional organization.
Abbasi urged Oli to take measures to organize the 19th SAARC summit as soon as possible in Islamabad.
Nepal holds the current chair of SAARC.
Abbasi also discussed China’s Belt and Road Initiatives (BRI) and encouraged Nepal to “take benefit from it.”