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Japanese minister visiting Nepal in May first week

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Minister for Foreign Affairs Yoko Kamikawa of Japan is arriving in Kathmandu on May 4 via Sri Lanka on a two-day Nepal visit, the Japanese foreign ministry announced on Friday.

Ahead of the Nepal visit, she will also be travelling to France and other nations.

She is arriving at the invitation of Deputy Prime Minister and Minister for Foreign Affairs Narayan Kaji Shrestha. Besides Sheresha, Kamikawa is also likely to meet President Ramchandra Paudel, Prime Minister Pushpa Kamal Dahal, and other political leaders.

Foreign ministry officials, however, expressed their surprise at the Japanese announcement of the visit unilaterally. “We were supposed to announce the visit jointly,” a joint secretary at the Kathmandu ministry said.

Japan has established a deep relationship of trust with both Sri Lanka and Nepal based on long years of development cooperation and people-to-people exchanges, and intends to further strengthen cooperation through this visit, the Japanese foreign ministry stated.

Kamikawa will discuss the celebration in 2026 of the 70th anniversary of the establishment of diplomatic relations between Nepal and Japan.