Kathmandu: Though some substantive achievement has been made in the region for overall development of children, compared with developed nations, South Asia needs to do more, Nepal Prime Minister Sushil Koirala said here.
The prime minister made the observation during his meeting here Thursday with the newly appointed Unicef Ambassador for nutrition in South Asia and Bollywood superstar, producer and director, Aamir Khan.
Congratulating Aamir on his new responsibility, Koirala said South Asia was thoroughly backward in socio-economic development and involvement of such a renowned celebrity like Aamir in the field of curbing malnutrition in the region would make a difference.
According to a statement issued by the Prime Minister's Office after the meeting, Aamir Khan said that children in India and Nepal were suffering from malnutrition.
"Over 40 percent children in Nepal and India are affected by malnutrition," he said during the meeting.
Koirala also briefly touched upon Nepal's contemporary politics where he mentioned that Nepal was heading toward political stability, durable peace and development that would largely contribute to Nepal's socio-economic development.
"I am very optimistic about the future of Nepal. As soon Nepal transforms, the condition of children would automatically change," said Koirala.
Koirala also extended an invitation to Aamir Khan to visit Nepal again and take a tour of some world famous destinations like Pokhara. During his meeting, the Bollywood actor had expressed his keenness for trekking in Nepal.
"I would definitely come to Nepal with my family," said Aamir. After concluding his three-day Nepal visit, Aamir left for India Thursday.