ISLAMABAD: Nepal, a nation nestled along the amazing Himalayan Range, celebrated its Constitution and National Day on Wednesday night with the Ambassador Nepal Tapas Adhikari, a staunch advocate for fellowship and alliance, expressing pride in his country’s role as a responsible global citizen.
The gathering of diplomatic representatives from various countries underscored the nation’s dedication to fostering meaningful international partnerships and cooperation.
Ambassador Tapas Adhikari in his speech expressed his gratitude to those who attended and commended the diplomatic corps for their ongoing efforts to promote peace, cooperation, and respect for international law.
The guests present on the occasion congratulated the ambassador on Nepal’s National Day and advocated for great mutual relations in the future.
The Ambassador Tapas Adhikari welcomed his guests by emphasising that his nation’s commitment extended beyond mere rhetoric, as it continued to contribute to international peacekeeping efforts, humanitarian aid initiatives, and development programmes.
“Our country’s constitution ensures participation of women and marginalised communities in the decision-making process,” the ambassador said.
Mr Adhikari said that the relations between Pakistan and Nepal were marked by cordial relations with cooperation in various areas specifically in tackling climate change and environmental conservation. As founding members of both the countries have full principles in South Asian Association of Regional Cooperation (Saarc) for peace and cooperation and both the countries had stood by each other during times of disasters.
“Business between the two countries has expanded and will continue to grow,” he added.
The Minister for Planning, Development and Special Initiatives Sami Saeed who was invited as a chief guest, in his remarks said that over the past six decades, the two countries had cooperated in trade, education, health, tourism and exchange of visits, besides sports and culture.
“Governmentof Pakistan is committedto expand this relationship”, said Mr Saeed and called for greater cooperation in tourism and climate change.
Senator Mushahid Hussain Sayed, who has had a close association with Nepal, described them as one of Pakistan’s closest friends.
He stated, “It’s a country of strength and inspiration. Nepal has shown resiliencein the face of adversity and successfully made several transitions, which is unique for developing countries. It’s role model in women’s empowerment has played a pivotalrole in building a new peaceful democratic Nepal.”
Nepal’s Constitution and National Day reception provided an opportunity for diplomats to engage in meaningful discussions on the global issues, fostering mutual understanding and strengthening international ties.Throughout the evening, the guests were treated with delightful cuisine.
Published in Dawn, September 21st, 2023