KATHMANDU: China's Tibet Autonomous Region and Nepal have agreed to work toward resuming Lhasa-Kathmandu direct bus service after decade-long gap.

During the 9th meeting of the Joint Tourism Coordination Committee (JTCC) between Nepal and TAR that concluded here, two sides signed a 16-point memorandum of understanding (MoU) which included resuming direct bus service between the two cities.

The bus link between the two cities, which was launched in May 2005, has failed to move forward since 2006 due to various reasons, including visa related issues.

"Two sides agreed to resolve issues such as carrier company, stopping and starting stations, safety, ticket-sale among others so as to promote China-Nepal direct bus service," Laxman Sharma, director at Department of Tourism of Nepal told Chinese news agency.

As per the MoU, both sides agreed to explore possibilities of increasing frequency of scheduled flights in Kathmandu-Lhasa-Kathmandu sector with reasonable fair, and to enhance cooperation among their travel-trade associations.