UK minister concludes two-day Nepal visit

Kathmandu, May 7

British Minister of State for Asia and the Pacific at the Foreign and Commonwealth Office Mark Field concluded his two-day Nepal visit today.

Field made his maiden visit to Nepal to further strengthen the more than 200-year-old bilateral relationship, according to a statement issued by the UK’s foreign office.

While in Nepal, he met senior leaders from government, including Prime Minister KP Sharma Oli and Foreign Minister Pradeep Gyawali, and business as well as those working to improve lives of the most vulnerable people.

He discussed what more could be done to strengthen bilateral trade and boost investment, and how the United Kingdom could help support Nepal’s transition to federalism, according to the statement.

“I am delighted to be the first British Minister to visit Nepal since the formation of Nepal’s current government. The UK is Nepal’s oldest diplomatic partner and I look forward to my meetings with Prime Minister Oli and Foreign Minister Gyawali to strengthen our relationship even further,” Field said in the statement upon conclusion of the visit.

“I will also be visiting the Red Cross Emergency Prepositioning Site in Bhaktapur to see first-hand how UK assistance is making a difference in the lives of the people of Nepal in their post-earthquake reconstruction effort.

The UK is committed to supporting prosperity and stability in Nepal and my visit will also be an opportunity to discuss how our countries can work together on our shared priorities.”