Kathmandu, Jan 14, 2018
At a programme organised by Bhotekoshi and Barabise municipalities and Sindhupalchowk chapter of FNCCI in Kathmandu today, CPN –Maoist leader Agni Sapkota says Chinese president Xi Jinping will may visit Nepal in the second week of April.
Sapkota, who is elected from sindhupalchowk as a member of Parliament, said Tatopani border would restart within formation of a new government.
“As per my conversation with Chinese authorities, we should address their security concerns. Tibet is a sensitive issue for China. We should address that and other concerns through appropriate diplomatic channel,” he added.
Tatopani border has been closed since the devastating earthquakes struck Nepal in April 2015.
Nepal’s Ambassador to China Leela Mani Paudyal said he had been making efforts to open Tatopani border and the new government should talk to the Chinese government in this regard.
According to Arun Nepal, a member of the provincial assembly who represents Sindhupalchowk, 45 tourist hotels and 350 small hotels in and around Tatopani have remained shut since the earthquakes.
He said 1,400 vehicle entrepreneurs suffered losses and 2,800 laborers were rendered jobless after the border was closed in the aftermath of earthquakes.
Local entrepreneurs have been continuously demanding that the Nepal-China border should be reopened as soon as possible.
There were politicians, bureaucrats, diplomats and local entrepreneurs participated in the interaction.