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Nepali embassy marks 200 years of Nepal-UK ties

- Ekantipur Report, KATHMANDU

Jan 9, 2014-

The Embassy of Nepal in London marked the 200 years of relationship between Nepal and the United Kingdom on Monday.

The function was inaugurated by lighting the oil lamps jointly by the Rt. Hon. Hugo Swire- Minister of State for the Foreign Office, the Rt. Hon. Alan Duncan, Minister of State for International Development and the foreign secretary of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Government of Nepal, Arjun Bahadur Thapa.

Speaking on the occasion, Rt. Hon. Hugo Swire stressed the need to strengthen the historical bilateral relationship between the UK and Nepal. He also expressed his confidence that after the promulgation of a new constitution followed by political stability, Nepal will attract enormous foreign direct investment. He also praised the contribution of Gurkhas to the British Armed force.

Recalling the deep rooted friendship between Nepal and Britain since 1802, Rt, Hon. Alan Duncan expressed his happiness over Britain being the largest donor to Nepal and assured that Britain shall remain ahead for the sustainable development of Nepal.

Likewise, Foreign Secretary of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs Arjun Bahadur Thapa addressing the programme expressed confidence that the relationship between Nepal and Britain will grow further and also shed lights on the current political situation of Nepal.

During the occasion, Foreign Secretary Thapa felicitated Sir John Stanly, the chairman of Britain Nepal All party Parliamentary Group.

Similarly, Nepali Ambassador to Britain Suresh C Chalise remarked that Nepal is the first nation from the South Asia region to have diplomatic ties with the United Kingdom. "In spite of some challenges of social integration, Nepali people are remarkably contributing to British socio-economic life and also in the democratic process," Chalise said.  He also appraised the Britain based Nepali councilors and hailed the Nepali contribution in the service sector.

 

Published: 09-01-2014 21:20

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