Qatari Emir’s Historic Visit to Nepal Strengthens Bilateral Ties – South Asia Time

Qatari Emir’s Historic Visit to Nepal Strengthens Bilateral Ties

 April 23, 2024  

Kathmandu – In a landmark event strengthening diplomatic ties between Nepal and Qatar, the Emir of the State of Qatar, Sheikh Tamim bin Hamad Al Thani, has embarked on a two-day state visit to Nepal, responding to the cordial invitation extended by President Ram Chandra Paudel.

The visit commenced with the Qatari Emir’s arrival in Kathmandu this afternoon, where he was warmly received by Nepalese officials. The Ministry of Foreign Affairs announced that Sheikh Tamim bin Hamad Al Thani is scheduled to engage in crucial discussions with President Paudel and Prime Minister Pushpa Kamal Dahal ‘Prachanda’ during his stay.

According to official sources, the Emir will convene with President Paudel at Shital Niwas, the Presidential Office, where discussions are expected to focus on enhancing cooperation between the two nations on critical global issues. President Paudel emphasized the necessity of joint efforts to combat climate change, protect the Himalayas, and maintain environmental equilibrium during their meeting earlier today.

Moreover, President Paudel commended Qatar’s efforts in peace-building initiatives and expressed optimism for the restoration of peace in the Middle East, acknowledging the region’s significance in global stability.

In response, Sheikh Tamim bin Hamad Al Thani echoed the urgency of addressing climate change and highlighted the substantial contributions of Nepali migrant workers to Qatar’s development. The Emir also expressed confidence in exploring new avenues for collaboration, particularly in sectors such as water resources, agriculture, and tourism.

President Paudel underscored the longstanding friendship and mutual respect between Nepal and Qatar, emphasizing the role of regular high-level exchanges in bolstering bilateral relations. He expressed gratitude for Qatar’s support towards Nepal’s journey of economic development and prosperity, envisioning deeper cooperation in trade, tourism, and investment.

The visit culminated with the signing of bilateral agreements and memorandums of understanding, signaling a new chapter in Nepal-Qatar relations. Both leaders expressed optimism about the prospects of collaboration and vowed to strengthen ties for mutual benefit.

As the Emir concludes his visit, Nepal anticipates a fruitful partnership with Qatar, marking a significant milestone in the nations’ shared commitment to progress and prosperity.