The Consulate General of Nepal was officially inaugurated in Chengdu, the capital of Sichuan province in southwestern China, amidst an opening ceremony held in the city today.

Ambassador of Nepal to the People's Republic of China Mahendra Bahadur Pandey hoisted Nepal's national flag in the consulate.

The Consulate General's plaque was jointly unveiled by Vice-governor of the Sichuan Provincial People's Government, Li Yunze, Member of the Standing Committee of the CPC Sichuan Provincial Committee, Pandey, Mayor of Chengdu Municipal People's Government, Wang Fengchao; and Director-General of the Department of Consular Affairs of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of China, Cui Aimin.

Inaugurating the plaque, Ambassador Pandey said mutual trust, understanding and good neighbourliness were the hallmark of Nepal-China bilateral relations since ancient times and that the two countries had lent each other valuable mutual support in the common pursuit of peace, prosperity and development.

Issuing a press release, the Nepali Embassy in Beijng said, "The establishment of the Consulate General in Chengdu would help promote all-round exchanges and bilateral cooperation as well as contribute to further enhancing the friendly relations subsisting between Nepal and China."

A similar statement was made by Yunze who said that the establishment of the Consulate General would facilitate the promotion of trade, investment, tourism and people-to-people exchanges between the two countries.

Yunze said the Consulate General would help in further promoting Nepal-China relations based on true friendliness, good neighbourliness, mutual respect and mutual cooperation.

Similarly, Consul General of Nepal in Chengdu, Dinesh Kumar Ghimire extended the vote of thanks.

A version of this article appears in the print on May 25, 2021, of The Himalayan Times.