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Meeting with Modi, Xi was rare and pleasant: Prachanda on impromptu trilateral

8thBricsSummit Updated: Oct 18, 2016 15:21 IST
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Prime Ministers Narendra Modi (left) and Nepal’s Pushpa Kamal Dahal ‘Prachanda’ (centre) with Chinese president Xi Jinping (right) in Goa on October 15, 2016.(Prakash Dahal/Facebook)

Nepal Prime Minister Pushpa Kamal Dahal, who returned after attending the BRICS-Bimstec Outreach Summit in India, described his spontaneous meeting with Prime Minister Narendra Modi and Chinese President Xi Jinping as “rare and pleasant”.

A photo of Dahal sitting with Modi and Xi surfaced on Facebook, posted by Dahal’s son Prakash, immediately sparking interest. Upon his arrival at the Tribhuvan International Airport, Dahal told reporters that the meeting was a coincidence and came as a “surprise” to him.

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“It was, however, a matter of pride for me,” Dahal told the Kathmandu Post on Tuesday

Dahal’s joint meeting with Xi and Modi had taken place after his one-on-one meeting with the Chinese President earlier.

“I was in the waiting lounge of the hotel where the Chinese president entered. After 20 minutes, Prime Minister Modi dropped in. He was also stuck in the same hotel due to some technical reasons.”

Dahal likened the sitting arrangement of the three leaders to Nepal’s geographical location, saying that he was in the middle, with Xi sitting on the north and Modi on the south.

“I put forward the idea of trilateral strategic cooperation and partnership among three countries. Both leaders described the proposal as positive,” Dahal said, adding, “This is a positive aspect, and we must take it in a good light. The meeting was not pre-planned.”

“In totality, I understand our two-day stay in Goa was fruitful,” the Prime Minister concluded.

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