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Marking 40 years of ties
Nepalese FM Urges for Stronger Cooperation
Amb. Lama Hosts Reception at Universal Arts Center
Nepalese Ambassador to South Korea Kaman Singh Lama (right) and his spouse Mrs. Indra Maya Tamang (Leena Bal) receive guests at Universal Arts Center in Seoul on May 15, 2014.

Nepalese Ambassador to South Korea Kaman Singh Lama and his spouse Mrs. Indra Maya Tamang (Leena Bal) hosted a reception at Universal Arts Center in Seoul on May 15, 2013 on the occasion of the seventh anniversary of its national day the “Republic Day of Nepal.”

The gala reception with cultural performance of both Nepali and local Korean artists was held also to commemorate the 40th anniversary of establishment of diplomatic relations between the Himalayan country and South Korea.

Nepal inked formal diplomatic ties with South Korea on May 15, 1974. Nepal also established official ties with North Korea in the same year.

Nepali Foreign Minister Mahendra Bahadur Pandey (center) poses with Nepalese Ambassador Kaman Singh Lama (right), and with the envoy's spouse Mrs. Indra Maya Tamang (Leena Bal).

The Nepalese National Day, “Republic Day of Nepal,” falls on May 29, the day Nepal became “Democratic Republic of Nepal” in 2008, ending 240 years of royal rule.

Some 200 both international and local Korean guests attended the Nepalese national day reception, which started at 6:30 p.m. on the day and lasted into the evening.

Among the high-profile guests were scores of top diplomatic envoys and their spouses, local businesspeople and media representatives, and local Nepalese residents.

Nepali Foreign Minister Mahendra Bahadur Pandey (center) poses with Nepalese Ambassador Kaman Singh Lama (2nd from right), and with Rep. Ahn Hong-Joon (2nd from left).

Dignitary participants included Nepali Foreign Minister Mahendra Bahadur Pandey and Rep. Ahn Hong-Joon of the ruling Sanuri Party, chairman of Foreign Affairs, Trade, and Unification Committee of South Korea’s National Assembly.

They both attended an investment seminar “Nepal-Korea Friendship: a Comprehensive Partnership for Development” held at the center at 1 p.m. prior to the reception.

Two more rounds of the investment seminars were held in different venues with local traditional Korean cultural performances including traditional dancing and Taekwondo. Director Min Ji-Young of Ari Arts Company brought various performing groups to the seminars.

Nepali Foreign Minister Mahendra Bahadur Pandey (4th from right) poses with Nepalese Ambassador Kaman Singh Lama (left), and with Rep. Ahn Hong-Joon (3rd from left).

Ambassador Lama delivered a welcoming address in front of the large crowd while a congratulatory speech was made by Rep. Ahn.

In his welcoming speech the Nepalese envoy emphasized the longstanding friendship and mutual cooperation the Himalayan country has been enjoying with South Korea since 1974.

“South Korea has continued to remain a reliable development partner of Nepal and has been contributing to the socio-economic development of Nepal through various programs,” he said.

Nepalese Ambassador Kaman Singh Lama makes a speech at the reception held at Universal Arts Center in Seoul on May 15, 2014.


He also stressed that South Korean investment in hydro power sectors in Nepal and tourists from South Korea and other parts of the world are playing pivotal roles in supporting the Nepalese economy.

In a rare case the visiting Nepalese Foreign Minister Mahendra Bahadur Pandey made a special speech in front of a large crowd gathered in the grandiose Universal Arts Center building.

The Nepalese envoy also mentioned the “Nepalese Diaspora” in South Korea.

Nepali Foreign Minister Mahendra Bahadur Pandey delivers his speech at the reception held at Universal Arts Center in Seoul on May 15, 2014 on the occasion of the 40th anniversary of its diplomatic ties with S. Korea.

“Our Nepalese Diasporas including Nepalese students, Nepalese entrepreneurs, and Nepalese workers under EPS System in Korea would be crucial for nurturing and furthering the longstanding ties between the both countries,” said the envoy.

Aside from hosting the investment seminars the Nepalese foreign minister met a variety of business leaders of Korea in his efforts to boost bilateral economic ties.

Currently, some 6,000 Nepalese are working in South Korea under the special employment agreement signed between South Korea and Nepal in 2007.

Rep. Ahn Hong-Joon speaks at the reception Nepali envoy threw at Universal Arts Center on May 15, 2014 on the occasion of Nepali national day.

In Nepal tens of thousands young Nepalese are taking the cut-throat Korean-language examination annually to get a chance to work in South Korea. In 2010 a total of 42,050 Nepalese took the exam.

Nearly 600 South Koreans are living in Nepal where Nepalese show a strong zeal for learning the Korean language and culture.

Yearly some 15,000 Koreans, mostly tourists, visit the Himalayan country on the strengths of the direct weekly flight route between Kathmandu and Incheon opened by Korean Air in 2006.

KOICA (Korea International Cooperation Agency) and other NGO (non-governmental organization) groups are sent from South Korea to Nepal for a variety of assistance and cooperation in such fields as medical care, education, agriculture, and technology in the Himalayan country.

For details or inquiries call the Nepali Embassy in Seoul at 789-9770/1.

Nepali Foreign Minister Mahendra Bahadur Pandey (center) poses with Nepalese Ambassador Kaman Singh Lama (left), and with Rep. Ahn Hong-Joon.

Nepali Foreign Minister Mahendra Bahadur Pandey (right) poses with Nepalese Ambassador Kaman Singh Lama.

Nepali Foreign Minister Mahendra Bahadur Pandey speaks at the reception held at Universal Arts Center in Seoul on May 15, 2014.

Nepali Foreign Minister Mahendra Bahadur Pandey (2nd from left) poses with Nepalese Ambassador Kaman Singh Lama (2nd from right).

Rep. Ahn Hong-Joon (center) poses with Director Min Ji-Young (right) of Ari Arts Company.

Nepali Foreign Minister Mahendra Bahadur Pandey Nepalese Ambassador Kaman Singh LamaRep. Ahn Hong-Joon

Nepalese Ambassador Kaman Singh Lama (2nd from right) poses with Rep. Ahn Hong-Joon (to his left), and with other dignitaries.




 

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