Chinese premier congratulates new Nepali PM on inauguration

Nepal's former guerrilla leader Pushpa Kamal Dahal (left), better known by his nom de guerre Prachanda, hands over his documents to President Bidya Devi Bhandari to claim majority for his appointment as the new prime minister, at the president's office in Kathmandu on Dec 25, 2022. (RAJAN KAFLE / AFP)

BEIJING — Chinese Premier Li Keqiang on Thursday congratulated Pushpa Kamal Dahal, also known as Prachanda, on his inauguration as Nepal's prime minister.

In his congratulatory message, Li said that China and Nepal, as traditional friendly neighbors linked by mountains and rivers, have always respected each other, treated each other as equals and sincerely helped each other.

China-Nepal relations have maintained a healthy and stable development

In recent years, China-Nepal relations have maintained a healthy and stable development, and practical cooperation in various fields has achieved fruitful results, benefitting both countries and the region at large, said the Chinese premier.

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Li said that he is ready to work with Prime Minister Prachanda to push forward the two countries' strategic partnership of cooperation featuring ever-lasting friendship for development and prosperity and bring more benefits to the two peoples.