Nepal, Singapore agree to set up bilateral consultative mechanism
September 5, 2019 01:01 PM NPT
By: Bipana Thapa
Photo courtesy: Ministry of Foreign Affairs
KATHMANDU, Sept 5: Minister for Foreign Affairs Pradeep Kumar Gyawali, who is currently visiting the Maldives, held separate meetings with the Minister for Foreign Affairs of Singapore Vivian Balakrishnan and Minister of Foreign Affairs of Mauritius Nandcoomar Bodha, and the Assistant Foreign Minister of Vietnam Nguyen Van Thao on the sidelines of the Fourth Indian Ocean Conference in Male.
During the meeting, Gyawali and his Singaporean counterpart expressed satisfaction at the excellent bilateral relationship and agreed to further strengthen it, according to a press release issued by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs. They held the view that the exchange of high-level visits will contribute significantly to this end.
"They also had the understanding to establish a bilateral consultative mechanism and a business forum. Gyawali requested the Singaporean Minister to encourage Singaporean investors to make the investment in Nepal," read the press release.
The discussion between the Foreign Ministers of Nepal and Mauritius focused on the exchange of high-level visits, expansion of the employment opportunities for Nepali migrant workers in Mauritius and also promotion of tourism with a view to enhancing the bilateral relationship in all potential areas of mutual benefit.
Likewise, Gyawali and assistant foreign minister of Vietnam expressed happiness at the continuous growth of the bilateral relationship and laid emphasis on expanding it in the days to come. Furthermore, they agreed to promote tourism, culture and people-to-people relations between the two countries. The Vietnamese Minister expressed his support to Nepal to host UN Vesak Day event.