Kathmandu, Nepal 30 August, 2019: A delegation of the Liberal Democratic Party (LDP) of Japan’sWomen Parliamentarians, led by Ms. Tomomi INADA, Chief Deputy Secretary General, LDP and Former Minister of Defense, along with Ms.Fusae OTA, Member, House of Councillors, and Ms. Mio SUGITA, Member, House of Representatives, visit Nepal from 29th to 31st August, 2019.
During the official visit, the delegationpaid a courtesy call to the Right Hon'ble President Mrs. Bidya Devi Bhandari, Hon. Mr. Pradeep Kumar Gyawali, Minister for Foreign Affairs, and Hon. Mrs. Tham Maya Thapa, Minister for Women, Children and Senior Citizen.
They discussed about women empowerment issues, to promoteinternational exchange between the women parliamentarians of both countries in the near future. They also talked about mutual interestissues and the good and cordial relationssince bilateral relations from 1956. Recalling the Minister for Foreign Affairs of Japan, Mr. KONO’s visitto Nepal inthis January, the delegation expressed strengtheningthe bilateral relationship was underpinned by people-to-people exchanges, furthermore, enhancingexchangesof parliamentarians between Japan and Nepal.
The delegation also visited Paropakar Maternity and Women’s Hospital at Thapathali, which was supported by Japan under the ‘Program on Rehabilitation and Recovery from the Nepal Earthquake in 2015’ and completed in May, 2019. Hon. Mr. Surendra Prasad Pandey, Chairperson, Nepal-Japan Parliamentary Friendship Group, hosted a dinner in honor of the delegation.
Likewise, the delegationattendedthe promotional event of the launching the direct flights to Japan operated by Nepal Airlines and Visit Nepal 2020 campaign, co-organized by the Embassy of Japan, Nepal Airlines and the Nepal Tourism Board. The delegationwill end their visitreturning to Japan bythis direct flight on 31stAugust, 2019. The direct flights between Kathmandu to Kansai (Osaka)resumed after more than a decadeon 29th August, 2019.