Kathmandu, November 6
Japanese Ambassador to Nepal Masashi Ogawa has paid a courtesy call on Deputy Prime Minister and Minister for Defence Ishwor Pokharel in Kathmandu today.
Deputy Prime Minister Pokharel, during the meeting held at his office at Singha Durbar, expressed confidence that the close and cordial ties between Nepal and Japan would grow further intimate in the days ahead.
Pokharel also extended his gratitude on behalf of the government and people of Nepal to the Japanese government for the support provided to Nepal in energy, road, transportation, information and technology sectors, among others.
Recalling the significant support from the Japanese government in the post-quake rescue and reconstruction process since the 2015 earthquakes, the DPM opined that disaster management and rescue technique and tools invented by Japan would be useful for disaster-prone country like Nepal.
Japanese envoy to Nepal Ogawa said Japan and Nepal had friendly ties since a long time and that his country was always positive about extending cooperation to Nepal for its economic and social development.
The Japanese envoy also reaffirmed the Japanese government’s commitment to continue with its support to Nepal in the realm of disaster management. He also placed a request with DPM Pokharel for Nepal’s approval for Japan to organise the World Expo in Osaka, read the statement released by Under-secretary Manoj Kumar Acharya at the Ministry of Defence.
A version of this article appears in print on November 07, 2018 of The Himalayan Times.