Nepal-Russia ties at a new high: FM

Kathmandu, February 14:

Foreign minister Ramesh Nath Pandey today claimed an increased level of understanding between Nepal and Russia.

Speaking at a programme organised by the Institute of Foreign Affairs (IFA) on the occassion of the golden jubliee of the establishment of Nepal-Russia diplomatic relations, Pandey said Russian leaders have understood that world peace can be won only by protecting the interests of smaller countries like Nepal. He added that the two countries’ traditional relations have been enhanced in the context of new world order.

On the occasion he informed that the Moscow Automobile Highway University has named one of its halls as ‘Nepal Hall.’ “Information on Nepal’s King and his photographs have been placed in the hall,” he said Stating that the Russian investors have shown interest to invest in Nepal, he urged the private sector to work upon the same.

Russian ambassador to Nepal, Andrey Leonidovich Trofimov said his country could be a new market for Nepal’s handicraft products, organically produced tea, strawberries and flowers.

Lila Prasad Sharma, former ambassador to Russia, suggested the government to make Russia as a dependable source for Nepal’s security needs.

Citing trade statistics, board member of IFA, Rajendra Khetan, said, “At fewer than $200,000, Nepal’s export to Russia is not even in decimal percentage terms.”