KATHMANDU, June 11: Minister for Foreign Affairs Pradeep Kumar Gyawali held a telephone conversation with Minister of State at the Foreign and Commonwealth Office of the UK, Lord Ahmed, on Thursday.
Various matters relating to Nepal-UK bilateral relations and development cooperation, particularly in the context of the COVID 19, were discussed during the conversation, according to a press release issued by Ministry of Foreign Affairs.
"The two sides expressed their condolences on the loss of life and wished for a speedy recovery of those suffering the pandemic. The Ministers also reaffirmed their solidarity in the common fight against the deadly virus," the ministry said in the press release.
Minister Gyawali thanked the British Government for the support of the British Government to the protection Nepali community living in the UK during this difficult time, while assuring in reciprocity that the Government of Nepal will extend support British nationals who are in Nepal, the ministry said.
The two leaders shared that the bond of friendship subsisting for over two centuries will continue in the years ahead with an enhanced level of cooperation in various productive sectors.
On Nepal’s request for the continued partnership of the UK in its development endeavors particularly in complementing the economic recovery packages in the aftermath of the pandemic, Minister Ahmed assured Nepal of the UK’s continued support and partnership, according to the ministry
The two sides also exchanged views on topical global issues. Minister Gyawali congratulated the British Government on holding the Global Vaccine Summit last week, in which the President of Nepal Bidya Devi Bhandari had extended solidarity and commitment through a video message.
On climate change issue, Minister Ahmed apprised of the arrangements for the COP26 Summit of UNFCCC and highlighted the significance of green economy.
"The two leaders agreed to work closely to further strengthen and widen all spheres of the friendly bilateral relations and remain engaged on the issues of common interests," the press release further said.