Call to strengthen Nepal-Russia ties

Kathmandu, September 16:

Andrei L Trofimov, the ambassador of the Russian Federation to Nepal, has underscored the need to strengthen economic ties between the two countries for mutual benefits. Speaking at a programme organised to mark the 80th anniversary of Russian Centre for International Scientific and Cultural Cooperation (Roszarubezhtsentr) in the capital today, the ambassador said a meeting between deputy ministers of the two countries will take place in Moscow next year. He spoke of the need to explore “new avenues for integrating the trade and commerce activities between the two countries.”

Stating that Russia has the power to influence the course of international politics, Lila Prasad Sharma, a former Nepali ambassador to the Russian Federation, said: “Nepal should identify sectors that are beneficial for the country and approach the Russian government rather than waiting for Russia to include Nepal in its priority list.” “Russia can be a good market for Nepali products, including garments, carpets, handicraft,” Sharma said. Terming the Russian government’s support for Nepal’s education sector ‘noteworthy’, he stressed on the need to provide research fellowships to students of both the countries.

“Nepal depends on India for import of petroleum products,” Hikmat Mali, the president of the Nepal-Russia Chamber of Commerce and Industry, said, adding: “Nepal should also look towards the Russian federation for import of petroleum products.” He stressed the need to revive business activities between the two countries. Bhagwan R Tuladhar, the president of the Nepal-Russia Friendship Association, said: The 1960’s were the golden period for relation between the two countries. “Russia’s contribution to Nepal for its fight for political sovereignty, its role in producing skilled manpower in Nepal, and aid will go down in the history of Nepal,” he added.