KATHMANDU, Jan 25: Nepal has established diplomatic relations with Benin on Tuesday. Permanent representatives of Nepal and Benin to the United Nations, Durga Prasad Bhattarai and Jean-Claude do Rego, respectively signed a joint communiqué to this effect at the Permanent Mission of Nepal to the United Nations in New York, according to a press statement issued by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs (MoFA) on Wednesday.
The two envoys also signed a joint letter informing the United Nations secretary-general about this development. Benin is a tropical country in Western Africa with a population of nearly 11 million (2016) in an area of 114,763 sq km. It is bordered by Nigeria and Togo to the east and west respectively and serves as a transit country to Burkina Faso and Niger to the Gulf of Guinea in the South Atlantic Ocean.