On December 4, 1996, Comrade Jiang paid a state visit to Nepal at the invitation of King Birendra Bir Bikram Shah of Nepal.
In the morning, the delegation arrived at Kathmandu Tribhuvan Airport by private plane. Accompanied by King Birendra, Comrade Jiang drove to Kathmandu City Hall. Along the way, Kathmandu citizens dressed in various national costumes warmly welcomed them.
Arriving at the city hall, the mayor personally presented him with the golden “city key” of Kathmandu to express the warm welcome of the people of Kathmandu to the Chinese guests. Afterwards, a brief welcoming ceremony was held at the palace to welcome Comrade Jiang to the Nepali palace as a state guest.
In the afternoon, Comrade Jiang went to the Chinese Embassy in Nepal to pay a cordial visit to all the staffs of the embassy, representatives of the Chinese institutions in Nepal, as well as Chinese experts and scholars working and studying in Nepal, and met with former Nepali Prime Minister Adhikari in the Nepali Palace. On the same day, a wreath was laid at the Nepal Martyrs Monument.
That evening, Comrade Jiang met with King Birendra. Afterwards, the king held a grand welcome banquet in the palace.
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