NA Chairman meets South Korean counterpart, deputy foreign minister in Seoul
September 5, 2019 12:23 PM NPT
By: Pratik Rana
Photo courtesy: Timalsina's secretariat
KATHMANDU, Sept 5: Chairman of the National Assembly Ganesh Prasad Timalsina, who is currently visiting South Korea, held a meeting with his South Korean counterpart Moon Hee-Sang at the latter's office on Wednesday.
During the meeting, Chairman Timalsina expressed happiness over ongoing cooperation between the two countries based on mutual understanding and amity, according to a press release issued by Timalsina's secretariat.
"The two countries have been enjoying friendly relations both at the government and people level," Timalsina told the South Korean counterpart. He also appreciated South Korea's ongoing support to Nepal.
Saying that tens of thousands of Nepali migrant workers are involved in various jobs in South Korea, Chairman Timalsina expressed the hope that those workers would utilize their knowledge and skills once they return home.
He also stressed the need to increase the exchange of visits between the parliamentarians of the two countries to share their experiences.
In response, the chairman of the South Korean National Assembly said that Nepal is a dynamic country. He said that South Korean President Moon Jae-In had visited Nepal thrice before taking the charge as the head of the state of the country.
"Our president really admires Nepal. He visited Nepal in the aftermath of the 2015 earthquake and it was his third visit," he told the Nepali counterpart.
Moon said that South Korea is like a second home for Nepali migrant workers. "South Korea is ready to provide support to Nepal as much as it can," he said.
Meanwhile, Timalsina also held a separate meeting with South Korean Deputy Foreign Minister Hee-Sang.
He thanked the South Korean government for its incessant support to Nepal's economic development. "Nepali migrant workers in South Korea have been making a positive contribution to the national economies of both the countries," Timalsina said.
On the occasion, the deputy foreign minister said that the South Korean government has given high priority to Nepali migrant workers. "We are aware that the Nepali government is observing 2020 as the Visit Nepal Year. We will extend possible support in this regard," he said.
He also urged the Nepal government to accomplish remaining tasks of the post-earthquake reconstruction.