Mahat requests Luxembourg to extend support to Nepal

KATHMANDU: Minister for Foreign Affairs Prakash Sharan Mahat has urged Luxembourg's Prime Minister Xavier Bettel to include Nepal in his government's priority list of international cooperation.

Minister Mahat, who is on a Europe visit currently, had made the request in a meeting with the Prime Minister at the latter's office in Luxembourg on Thursday, informed the Ministry of Foreign Affairs.

In response, a statement released by the Embassy of Nepal in Brussels said, the Luxembourg government assured to review the list and consider extending official development assistance (ODA) to Nepal in near future.

The duo also discussed the bilateral relationship between the two countries and ways to strengthen the bond further.

Mahat also briefed Bettel of Nepal's political development and the upcoming local elections.

Meanwhile, Minister Mahat also called on Luxembourg's Minister for Foreign Affairs Jean Asselborn and Minister for Development Cooperation and Humanitarian Affairs Romain Schneider on Thursday itself, MoFA said.

During the meeting, Minister Mahat had urged the Ministers to expand the areas for investment and cooperation in infrastructure development, skills development and reconstruction for wider development of Nepal.

He also extended special thanks for the Luxembourg's support in education and health sectors through the European Union and various international cooperation agencies.