Madhav Kumar, the Chairman of CPN (Unified Socialist) and former Prime Minister of Nepal, expressed the need for Buddhist countries to introduce direct flights to Lumbini International Airport, aiming to enhance accessibility for pilgrims visiting this revered Buddhist site. During a meeting with Sri Lankan Prime Minister Dinesh Gunawardena at Temple Trees on Wednesday, Madhav Kumar highlighted the existing Kathmandu-Colombo flight route and suggested its extension from Lumbini to Colombo, enabling a smooth flow of tourists and pilgrims to the birthplace of the Buddha.
As the leader of Nepal’s ruling coalition, Madhav Kumar also engaged in discussions with Prime Minister Gunawardena regarding the expansion of bilateral cooperation into new sectors such as agriculture, mutual exchange of expertise in industries, and collaboration in the field of hydroelectricity.
Madhav Kumar’s visit to Sri Lanka coincides with the commemoration of the 80th anniversary of the establishment of the Sri Lankan Communist Party. The meeting at Temple Trees saw the participation of MP Yadamini Gunawardena and Nepal’s Ambassador to Sri Lanka, Bashu Dev Mishra.