Minister of Foreign Affairs Pradeep Kumar Gyawali held a virtual meeting with State Minister of Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Office of the United Kingdom Lord Ahmad, today.

Various matters related to Nepal-UK bilateral relations and cooperation were discussed.

Minister Gyawali appreciated British cooperation in terms of the COVAX facility through which developing countries, including Nepal had benefited. In line with this, both leaders discussed the importance of concerted efforts at the bilateral and multilateral levels to address common challenges faced by humanity.

Ahmad also expressed commitment to continued development partnership with Nepal in various sectors, including the fight against the COVID-19 pandemic.

The two sides also exchanged views on the pressing issue of climate change.

Gyawali reiterated Nepal's desire to work with the UK and other partner countries to preserve mountain ecosystems and reduce the impacts of climate change.

While discussing the upcoming United Nations Climate Change Conference (COP26) and Sagarmatha Sambaad, Ahmad hoped that the two countries could continue cooperation in these important agenda.

Minister Gyawali assured him of Nepal's full support with substantive participation in the COP26.

MoFA later issued a press release saying they both agreed to further strengthen and widen the multidimensional Nepal-UK relations.

A version of this article appears in the print on February 9, 2021, of The Himalayan Times.