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Preparations to welcome Chinese President Xi in full swing



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Kathmandu, Oct 9: With the announcement of date of President of People's Republic of China Xi Jinping's state visit to Nepal, preparations to welcome him have been accelerated.
The Chinese President is paying the two-day state visit to Nepal commencing from October 12.
The concerned bodies of the government have been engaged for the preparations of bilateral talks and agreements during the visit.
The Ministry of Foreign Affairs (MoFA) on Wednesday published the schedule of the two-day visit.
He is paying the state visit at the invitation of President Bidya Devi Bhandari.
The Chinese special delegates would hold delegation-level official talks with Prime Minister KP Sharma Oli during the visit. The bilateral agreement and memorandum of understanding would be signed in the presence of Chinese President Xi and Prime Minister Oli.
The visit is taken as an important one as it is expected to materialize the previous bilateral agreements signed during the official visits of President Bhandari and Prime Minister Oli.
It is expected that the visit would further help promote tourism as it is scheduled in the eve of the Visit Nepal Year 2020.
Various parts of the Kathmandu Valley, including Tribhuvan International Airport (TIA), Tinkune, Baneshwar, Babarmahal, Naxal, Tripureshwar, Bhadrakali, Kesharmahal, Durbar Marg, Sundhara, Nagpokhari, Hattisar, Kalimati and Solteemode, are decorated and seemed ready to welcome Xi.
According to Kathmandu Metropolitan City spokesperson Ishwar Man Dangol, they were working to beautify the city by making the roads clean and developing greenery.
The concerned sides are working to clean and decorate the roads and streets of Kathmandu along with planting new plants and flowers.
The KMC has planted flowers of various species to decorate the roads.
It has further worked on improving the quality of roads by blacktopping, arranging the stone slabs even by putting lump of grass (dubo) and repairing the traffic lights.
Some of the workers are busy in watering the newly planted flowers and constructing fountains and painting the railings and curbs.
Dangol further shared that the KMC would put flags on the poles along the roadsides.
He said that students would be carrying national flags to welcome President Xi during his arrival.
Similarly, the Minister for Physical Infrastructure and Transport Raghubir Mahaseth-led high level team has inspected the various sites where road repairing work is being intensified.