Israel likely to take more Nepali caregivers

Kathmandu, September 2

Israeli Ambassador to Nepal Yaron Mayer today said an official team from Israel was visiting Nepal to study whether to increase the number of Nepali caregivers for employment in his country.

Calling on Foreign Minister Prakash Sharan Mahat at the latter’s office in Singh Durbar, Mayer said Israel could increase the number of Nepali caregivers on the basis of the recommendation of that team, according to the Ministry of Foreign Affairs.

During the meeting, Mahat recalled the historic diplomatic ties between the two countries. Nepal was the first country in South Asia to establish diplomatic relations with the Jewish state in June 1960.

The foreign minister said that Israel has been a convenient job destination for Nepali migrants in recent years and also hoped that the Jewish state would provide job opportunities to more Nepali caregivers in the days to come, according to a statement issued by the foreign minister’s secretariat.

Over 5,000 Nepali migrants are working as caregivers in Israel. But, the country has not taken any Nepali as caregiver since 2009.

Meanwhile, Egyptian Ambassador to Nepal Baher Nabil Abdel Helmy also paid a call on Foreign Minister Mahat at the latter’s office today.