KATHMANDU, Oct 30: An Australian delegation led by lawmaker Jing Lee returned home today after completing a weeklong visit.
Speaking at a press meet at Tribhuvan International Airport (TIA) before her departure, lawmaker Lee said her delegation arrived here seeking to support Nepal in its ongoing post-earthquake reconstruction campaign and added that "Nepal is safe for travel".
During her Nepal visit, she found it safer, she shared her experiences, urging the international community to visit Nepal and help it in the reconstruction efforts. "Nepal is rich in history, art, culture and adventurous trekking routes, mountains, flora and fauna and natural possessions have made it a wonderful tourist destination,' she described.
In her words, "one must visit Nepal once." She said during its stay here, the delegation member visited the areas within the Kathmandu Valley, Pokhara, and Chitwan and was mesmerized by the natural beauty of Pokhara.
Traditional art and culture inherited by the capital, extra-ordinary natural beauty possessed by Pokhara, an elephant riding in Chitwan and hospitality shown by the Nepali citizen to them touched their hearts and made a print in their minds, the Australian guest said.
Lee born in Malaysia is currently the lawmaker from the Australia's ruling party—Liberal Party of Australia.
Our visit was aimed at giving a message to the world that Nepal that resisted a major earthquake last year is safe as a tourist destination, she said, adding that after return home, she would encourage the Australian people to visit Nepal. She said she would take her time at the parliament there to inform lawmakers about Nepal and its beauty. During the visit, the Austrian lawmaker called on the Prime Minister and the Minister for Culture, Tourism and Civil Aviation, some of her counterparts and the government senior officials.
At the press meet, Nepal's Honorary Consul to the South Australia Deepak Dhamala said Lee's visit has helped further consolidate the bilateral ties existing between Nepal and Australia.
Lawmaker Lee is also learnt to have individually contributed to the Prime Minister's Natural Disaster Fund in the wake of the powerful earthquake (April 25, 2015) in the country. RSS