Nepal, Japan mark 60th anniversary of diplomatic relations

KATHMANDU: A special ceremony was organised here in Kathmandu to mark the 60th anniversary of the establishment of diplomatic relations between Nepal and Japan.

Prime Minister Pushpa Kamal Dahal inaugurated the ceremony in the presence of the Members of the Council of Ministers, visiting Japan's State Minister for Foreign Affairs Nobuo Kishi, heads of diplomatic missions and Nepal's development partners, high-ranking officials of Nepal Government, Nepali diplomats and dignitaries.

On the occasion, Minister for Information and Communications Surendra Kumar Karki and Japan's State Minister jointly affixed the first cancellation mark on a commemorative postage stamp issued by the Postal Services Department on the occasion of the diamond jubilee of the establishment of Nepal-Japan bilateral ties.

Addressing the ceremony, Minister for Foreign Affairs Prakash Sharan Mahat said Nepal-Japan relation based on mutual trust and cooperation had been very cordial so far.

He praised the Japanese government for its continuous support to Nepal's social and economic development endevours.

Japan's assistance to infrastructure development, modernisation of agricultural sector, human resource development, air safety, school sector reform and other socio-economic development was always commendable, he said, adding that cultural and historic linkages have connected both the countries.

"Japan, which is Nepal's reliable and the major donor partner, has achieved tremendous development in science and technology and has an impressive record in economic development sector," the Foreign Minister said.

The Minister noted that both countries interacted closely through the regional forum of SAARC, in which Japan is an important observer country. "Besides, both countries have close collaborations in the United Nations peace keeping missions," he added further.

Recalling Japan's immediate humanitarian and emergency services during last year's earthquake in the country, the Foreign Minister said the prompt dispatch of relief and rescue teams and emergency relief material was a testimony of close friendship between the two countries.

"Nepal and Japan are friends in happiness and sorrow," he said, while expressing his hope for more and large-scale support from Japan in coming days to the country struck by the earthquake.

He said an increase in economic activities was possible through expansion of trade and investment while stressing the need of an easy access of Nepali products to the Japanese market.

Japan's State Minister for Foreign Affairs Kishi pledged Japan's all possible support to the holistic development of Nepal.

Nepal's majestic mountains and natural bounties and its people have always touched the hearts and minds of the Japanese, he said.

The people of Japan take Nepal as their major tourist destination.