KATHMANDU: Prime Minister KP Sharma Oli today urged the foreign investors and tourists to not harbour any reluctance to invest and travel in Nepal.

"The last year's earthquake has not inflicted damages to all the areas of Nepal, the damage is only partial," PM Oli said, adding, "The big rumour of the insecurity of visiting and investing in Nepal is not true."

I want to appeal to the foreign friends to not go after rumours, it is secure to visit and invest here, the PM assured.

Addressing a programme to mark the occasion of the 'Visit Year 2073' organised by Ministry of Culture, Tourism and Civil Aviation (MoCTCA), PM Oli called on the tourists to visit the holy birthplace of Gautam Buddha, the Pashupatinath temple, Mt Everest, historical temples and monuments in Patan, Bhaktapur and Hanumandhoka and also view the unrivalled natural beauty of the country.

"The earthquake has only inflicted partial damages to our historical and archaeological sites, I want to persuade all to visit those places and relish it," the PM further emphasised.

PM Oli underlined the need for additional efforts from the visiting tourists, government and private sector to spread the message to the nook and corner of the world that Nepal is safe for travel.

On the occasion, the PM also scribbled a note 'Welcome to Nepal' on a map of Nepal. The programme was attended by Deputy Prime Minister, Chitra Bahadur KC and Tourism Minister, Ananda Prasad Pokharel.