KATHMANDU, Nov 21: Minister for Foreign Affairs Pradeep Kumar Gyawali is paying official visits to the Russian Federation and the Republic of Serbia from November 23 to 30.
Gyawali is leaving for Moscow on November 23. While in Moscow, he is scheduled to hold delegation-level talks with Foreign Minister of the Russian Federation Sergei Lavrov on November 25, according to a press release issued by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs on Thursday.
Apart from official engagements, Minister Gyawali will address the Institute of International Relations in Moscow on Nepal-Russia relations and cooperation on November 26.
He will also meet with Russian political leaders as well as with representatives of the Non-Resident Nepali Association while in Moscow.
On the second leg of his visit, Gyawali will reach Belgrade on November 27. This year marks the 60th anniversary of the establishment of diplomatic relations between Nepal and Serbia (the successor of former Yugoslavia).
While in Serbia, he will hold bilateral talks with Ivica Dacic, First Deputy Prime Minister and Minister for Foreign Affairs of Serbia. He will also pay courtesy call on high-level dignitaries of Serbia.
An interaction program with local Chambers of Commerce and Travel and Tour operators is also being organized in Belgrade for investment and tourism promotion, according to MoFA.
Foreign Secretary Shanker Das Bairagi, Nepal's Ambassador to Russian Federation Rishi Ram Ghimire and other government officials will accompany during the visit to Russia.
The delegation to Serbia will include Foreign Secretary Bairagi, Non-residential Ambassador of Nepal to Serbia Ramesh Prasad Khanal and other government officials.
Wrapping up the visits, Minister Gyawali will return to Nepal on November 30.