The medical equipment and supplies donated by France to support Nepal in its fight against the Covid-19 pandemic have arrived in Kathmandu, on Wednesday.

French Ambassador to Nepal, Francois-Xavier Leger handed over the shipment containing the French support including 04,000 FFP2 masks; 20,225 antigenic test kits; 12,000 protection glasses; and 14 respirators including consumables to the Minister for Health and Population, Hridayesh Tripathi at Tribhuvan International Airport this morning.

During the handover, health minister Tripathi thanked the French government and its people for their support.

"The timely support from France is reflective of the longstanding Nepal-France friendship," he stated.

According to a press release issued by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, the support received today is in response to the request of the Government of Nepal to the French Government, communicated at the bilateral level as well as through the European Union's Civil Protection Mechanism, for supporting Nepal with vaccines, medicines, equipment and supplies in the face of the deadlier second wave of the COVID-19 pandemic.