October 19, 2019 01:50 PM NPT
MYANMAR, Oct 19: Sitagu International Buddhist Academy (SIBA) in Yangon handed Nepal 30 metal idols of the Buddha.
SIBA founder Sitagu Sayadaw presented the Buddha idols in different postures to Nepal through President Bidya Devi Bhandari who is presently on the five-day state visit to Myanmar and her delegation which includes Minister for Foreign Affairs Pradeep Kumar Gyawali and Lumbini Development Trust treasurer Suresh Shakya as well.
On the occasion, Minister Gyawali recalled the unforgettable contribution of the United Nations former Secretary-General (the late) U Thant (Myanmar) to the development of Lumbini. He said that the idols symbolise the sustainable relations between Nepal and Myanmar. He added that he was hopeful that the bilateral ties between the two countries having a common culture and philosophy would be further deepened in the days ahead.
Peace, compassion, friendship and non-violence, the principles of Buddhist philosophy are still relevant in the present society, he said, urging the people of Myanmar to visit Nepal and particularly Lumbini during the Nepal Visit Year 2020.
Myanmar's Minister for Religious Affairs and Culture Aung Ko (Thura) said the Buddha's idols would remain as a symbol of Nepal-Myanmar relations.
Trust treasurer pledged the idols would be protected at the Lumbini-based Museum.
Foreign Secretary Shanker Das Bairagi, Secretary at the Office of President Dr Hari Poudel, President's Chief Private secretary Dr Bheshraj Adhikari, Nepal's Ambassador for Myanmar Bheem Krishna Udas and senior officials at the Ministry and Office of the President are on the President's entourage.