Nepal Maoist leaders to visit China

A 11-member high-level delegation of Unified CPN-Maoist will travel to China.

Kathmandu: In a bid to strengthen ties with China`s ruling Communist Party, a 11-member high-level delegation of Unified CPN-Maoist will travel to the country and interact with their Chinese counterparts.

Maoist vice chairman Narayankaji Shrestha will head the delegation that will visit Hunan province, the birth place of great Chinese leader Mao-tsetung, among other places.

Maoist international bureau chief Krishna Bahadur Mahara, office secretary Durlav Pun, Politburo members Lokendra Bista and Hitraj Pandey and party chief Prachanda`s daughter Ganga Dahal are among those paying a 10-day visit to China, sources said, adding that they will be in China on the invitation from the Communist Party of China.

The visit is aimed at strengthening ties between the two parties and developing people to people relations between the two countries, Shrestha said.

Meanwhile, the UCPN-Maoist has called back its three senior leaders who were on a US visit to attend a seminar after the US government refused visa to one of its central leaders Agni Sapkota.

Maoist secretary CP Gajurel and central leaders Bahadur Rayamajhi and Pampha Bhushal are among 22 leaders who left for the US on Thursday to take part in the 10-day programme.

The US government had refused to grant visa to Sapkota, who was also invited to the same programme on the ground of his past records of human rights violations.

The three Maoist leaders are returning home soon without attending the seminar, said Maoist spokesman Dinanath Sharma.


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