Chief Advisor attends BIMSTEC summit

Chief Justice Tshering Wangchuk, Chief Advisor of the Interim Government arrived at Kathmandu, Nepal on 29th August for the 4th BIMSTEC Summit.

The Chief Advisor was received by H.E. Ishwor Pokhrel, Duputy Prime Minister of Nepal.

The Chief Advisor was also presented with the Guard of Honor.

After landing in Kathmandu, Chief Justice Tshering Wangchuk, Chief Advisor of the Interim Government visited the Phakpai-zhingkay (Swayambhunath) stupa in Nepal and offered prayers.

Phakpai-zhingkay (Swayambhunath) stupa is a religious pilgrimage site.

The site also houses the construction site of Devadharma Mahavihara, a Bhutanese Lhakhang. The Lhakhang suffered damage during the 2015 Earthquakes and the construction works have now resumed.

He met Rt. Khadga Prasad Sharma Oli, Prime Minister of Nepal and held discussion on areas of mutual interest.

He also met met Sheikh Hasina, Prime Minister of the People’s Republic of Bangladesh.

He jointly called on Bidhya Devi Bhandari, President of Nepal with other BIMSTEC leaders.

The Heads of the Government of all the seven BIMSTEC Member States attend the Summit.

The Summit is the highest policy making and decision making body in the BIMSTEC process which is comprised of Head of Government of member states.

The Bay of Bengal Initiative for Multi-Sectoral Technical and Economic Cooperation (BIMSTEC) was established as an interregional grouping in June 1997 with the Bangkok Declaration. Bhutan joined the organization in 2004.

Three Summit meetings have been held till date in 2004, 2008 and 2014.

At the closing ceremony on 31st August, the BIMSTEC nations adopted the Agenda and Declaration of the Summit. The ceremony also saw the Signing Ceremony of the BIMSTEC MoU.

The Chief Advisor and Prime Minister Modi held discussions on areas of mutual interests.

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