KATHMANDU, May 28: Vice President Nanda Bahadur Pun, who is currently on a visit to Austria, held a bilateral meeting with Austrian President Alexander Van der Bellen in Vienna on Monday.
During the meeting, the vice president appreciated Austrian support for the preservation of heritage in Nepal, according to a press release issued by Nepal's Embassy in Vienna. He also commended the Austrian President’s leadership in raising climate ambition campaign.
Vice President Pun stressed that the two mountainous and landlocked countries, Nepal and Austria, have potentials for cooperation and collaboration in areas of hydropower development, technology transfer, renewable energy, and climate action.
In the 60th year of diplomatic relations, the Pun underlined the need to further enhance the engagements so as to advance the relations at government, private sector and people to people level.
On his part, the Austrian president appreciated Nepal’s high-level participation at the Austrian World Summit and the importance attached by Nepal to the issue of climate change.
He was of the view that the two countries have a good scope of cooperation in hydropower and renewable energy sectors.
Stating that smaller countries have easier avenues of cooperation and collaboration, the Austrian President said that Nepal and Austria need to fully utilize that potential both at the bilateral and multilateral level. He appreciated Nepal’s opening of Embassy in Vienna.
The meeting was held at an atmosphere of utmost cordiality and friendship.
Minister for Forest and Environment, Shakti Bahadur Basnet, Ambassador of Nepal to Austria Prakash Kumar Suvedi, and senior officials from the Office of the Vice President and Ministry of Foreign Affairs were present during the meeting.
Before the bilateral meeting, Vice President Pun visited the Exhibition of Modern Nepal Painting show “Nepal Art Now” at the Welt Museum in Vienna. The exhibition is regarded as one of the largest international exhibitions of modern Nepali art in the western capital.