Kathmandu, April 7
Speaker Krishna Bahadur Mahara today met Qatari Foreign Affairs Minister Mohammed Bin Abdulrahman Al Thani in Doha.
Mahara, who is in Doha to attend Inter-Parliamentary Union (IPU) 140th meeting, met Foreign Minister Thani at a hotel in Doha.
During the meeting Mahara said Nepal-Qatar relations were not only limited to diplomatic ties, but also backed by people to people ties. “Qatar, a peninsula, has ties with Nepal, the land of Mount Everest. This unique relationship should be strengthened in the days ahead,” Mahara said.
Mahara also urged Foreign Minister Thani that Qatar can invest in Nepal’s agriculture, tourism, energy, infrastructure development. Mahara also drew Qatar’s attention towards Nepali migrant workers and on the security of their profession and service facilities. More than 0.4 million Nepali migrants have been working in Qatar.
Referring to the Visit Nepal 2020, Mahara requested Thani to visit Nepal. Mahara also wished Qatar would host a successful World Cup in 2022.
Thani assured Mahara that he would visit Nepal when the time came.
Nepali delegation members including lawmakers Shanta Chaudhary, Pushpa Bhusal, Laxman Lal Karna, Bimal Srivastav, Haricharan Siwakoti; Parliament Secretariat General Secretary Manohar Prasad Bhattrai, House of Representatives Secretary Gopal Nath Yogi, Nepal’s Ambassador to Qatar Ramesh Koirala and Mahara’s Press Adviser Dilli Malla were present in the meeting.
A version of this article appears in print on April 08, 2019 of The Himalayan Times.