Chalise contender for UK diplomatic award

- POST REPORT, Kathmandu
Chalise contender for UK diplomatic award

Nov 2, 2012-

Nepal’s Ambassador to United Kingdom Suresh Chandra Chalise has been nominated for the first ever Grassroot Diplomat Initiative Awards. The award recognises outstanding diplomats and politicians in the UK for their dedication, commitment and selfless efforts in representing civilian matters at the highest level, the Grassroot Diplomat said in a statement.

Nominated under the Social Driver category, Chalise has been an active supporter in defending the rights of the Gurkhas in and around the UK, read the statement.

“Working closely with non-government organisations, the ambassador has defended the right of Nepalis who gain foreign citizenship to retain their Nepali citizenship. The re-integration of Gurkhas into the UK has been, and still is, a difficult transition for many Nepalis but the Ambassador has availed himself to ensure that newcomers into the country are integrated into society as smoothly and quickly as possible.”

Talyn Rahman-Figueroa, director of Grassroot Diplomat, said, “Grassroot diplomacy empowers the voiceless, defines a path for the hopeless, and restores faith to influencers. The Initiative Award seeks to build trust again between the ‘us and them’ and bring people of all statuses together.

“Dr Chalise is committed to engaging the grassroots in its combined efforts to developing relations with British and Nepali citizens with several NGOs based in the UK, and for this, his efforts are being recognised here.”

Over 50 high-level government officials have been nominated in three categories but there can only be six winners.

Published: 03-11-2012 09:34

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