Nepal and Russia celebrating diamond jubilee of diplomatic ties

Published On: July 20, 2016 05:27 PM NPT By: Republica

KATHMANDU, July 20: The diplomatic relations established between Nepal and the Russian Federation has entered the 60th years, the diamond jubilee, from today.

High government officials of both countries have expressed commitment for further strengthening the existing mutual relations on the occasion of the 60th anniversary of the establishment of diplomatic relations.

Nepal and the Russian Federation established diplomatic relations on 20 July 1956.

On the occasion, Deputy Prime Minister and Minister for Foreign Affairs, Kamal Thapa, and Minister of Foreign Affairs of the Russian Federation, Sergei Lavrov, have exchanged messages of congratulations today.

Sending a message to his counterpart Sergei Lavrov, Minister for Foreign Affairs, Thapa, said, "It gives me immense pleasure to note that Nepal and the Russian Federation are celebrating the 60th year of the establishment of diplomatic relations between the two countries. On this happy occasion, I would like to extend to Your Excellency as well as the Government and people of the Russian Federation my sincere congratulations."

The relation between the two countries, marked as they are by goodwill, friendship and mutual cooperation, have always remained close and cordial throughout these years, said DPM Thapa.

He added - "At this moment of celebration, I would like to recall the significant contribution of the Russian Federation in laying the foundation of socio-economic development in Nepal. The exchange of visits at various levels, business contacts, tourism and cultural exchanges have added new momentum to the relations between the two countries."

Over the years, two governments have been working in close cooperation, both at bilateral and multilateral levels, in addressing the global issues like terrorism, climate change and interest of the Least Developed Countries (LDCs), stated the message.

Minister for Foreign Affairs, Thapa , said, "Following the promulgation of the Constitution last year, we are moving towards building a prosperous Nepal through socio-economic development with optimum mobilization of internal and external resources."

He said that he was hopeful that there are many areas where the two countries can work together both bilaterally and at the regional and international levels including within the framework of the Shanghai Cooperation Organization.

Furthermore, DPM Thapa reiterated the Government of Nepal would make all possible efforts for further strengthening bilateral relations to the mutual benefit of the two countries and peoples.

Similarly, a message sent by Minister of Foreign Affairs of the Russian Federation, Sergei Lavrov, states, "We in Russia value very high independent external policy of Nepal.

 Our countries are united by dedication to idea of just and democratic world order and to principle of supremacy of the international law."

Lavrov said that they were invariably aiming at consistent promotion of the political dialogue between Russia and Nepal, cooperation in commercial, economic, humanitarian and other practical spheres as well as constructive interaction in world affairs. RSS



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