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Nepal, Japan agree to resume commercial flights

Nepal, Japan agree to resume commercial flights

KATHMANDU, Nepal — Japan and Nepal have agreed to allow state-run Nepal Airlines to resume flights between the two Asian nations.

The agreement was signed Wednesday at the beginning of two-day visit to Nepal by Japanese Foreign Minister Taro Kono.

No Japanese airlines fly to Nepal, and Japanese tourists who visit Nepal and Nepalese students and workers who travel to Japan have been forced to take indirect flights.

Nepal Airlines discontinued its flights to Japan several years ago because it did not have enough planes and officials were involved in financial irregularities.

Kono also is to meet with Nepal President Bidhya Devi Bhandari and Prime Minister Khadga Prasad Oli before flying home on Thursday.