Hon. Pradeep Kumar Gyawali, Minister
for Foreign Affairs, Nepal after his meeting with H.E. Sergey Lavrov, Minister
for Foreign Affairs, Russian Federation
Moscow, 25 November 2019
Dear colleagues from the media,
·Warm greetings to you all
on behalf of the Government and people of Nepal and on my own! I thank Foreign
Minister Lavrov and the Government of Russia for warm welcome and generous
·The Russian Federation is Nepal’s
old friend. The people of Nepal cherish the friendship and partnership with the Russian
Federation that involves all sectors: Governments, businesspeople, academia,
media, scientists, students, artists and so on.
·After a long gap, bilateral talks have
been held at the foreign minister’s level. It was our heavy domestic
engagements due to the political transition that kept us busy.
·This visit has taken place in the
fundamentally changed national context. The prolonged political transition in
Nepal has ended and we have moved from the state of instability to stability.Our national focus is on socio-economic
transformation in a rapid but sustainable manner.
·The people have high hope on the
Government—a stable government that is in place in two decades. The present
government is committed to deliver on its promises to people under the national
aspiration of ‘prosperous Nepal, happy Nepali’.
·I think this is the most
appropriate time that we can work together in the interest of the peoples of
both the countries. I therefore thank Minister Lavrov for welcoming my
delegation at this important juncture.
·We can work together for
elevating our relations by:
mutually beneficial cooperation in diverse fields
new areas of mutually beneficial cooperation
collaboration in regional and global affairs for a just, peaceful and
·Foreign Minister Lavrov and
I exchanged substantive views on a wide range of topics today in a very cordial and frank
·I have handed over the separate invitations
from the Rt. Hon’ble President of Nepal and the Rt. Hon’ble Prime Minister of
Nepal to His Excellency the President Mr. Putin and His Excellency Prime
Minister Mr. Medvedev respectively to
visit Nepal at their convenience.
·I have also invited Foreign Minister
Lavrov to pay a visit to Nepal, which is long overdue.
·I believe Nepal-Russia relations
deserve this and more so in the changed context.
·I believe that high level exchanges between the two countries will be instrumental in
taking our relations to a new height.
·The Russian Federation has an important role to play in contemporary international
affairs, particularly for the global peace and stability, as well as in promoting
collective interests of the developing world.
·I am very happy to work
closely with Minister Lavrov. He is not only a seasoned diplomat, but also a
well-respected political figure of our time for the stewardship he has provided
to the Russian Foreign Ministry for a long time.
·I am happy to note his
particular interest in and profound knowledge about South Asia.
·Nepal and Russia have many
areas of common interests to work together. We have been working closely at
bilateral, regional and multilateral levels towards further strengthening friendly
relations for the mutual benefits of the two countries and for global peace,
security and stability.
·There are many areas of
cooperation that can be harnessed for common benefits. Promotion of trade and
investment in energy, industrial and infrastructure development are one of
them, where Russia has developed a world-class expertise.
·Nepal has huge potentials
to develop organic agro-products such as tea, coffee, ginger, cardamom which
can be exported to Russia. I also believe that Russian people love Nepali
handmade woolen carpets and handicrafts of various kinds. We can also import
goods from Russia.
·Nepal is an attractive
destination for foreign investment. We have created a sound regulatory
framework for the protection of investment together with the guarantee of
incentives that also include repatriation of capital and profit without any
hassles. One stop service has been in operation to provide one window and fast
track service to foreign investors. We invite Russian investment both public
and private in productive sectors of our economy. Hydropower, tourism,
agriculture, minerals, mines, IT are some of the sectors in which investment is
·Minister Lavrov and I
discussed our bilateral cooperation, engagements at these platforms, as well as
the ways and means for enhancing
economic and trade relations.
·The people of Nepal are
thankful for the cooperation they received from the Russian Federation: in the
2015 earthquake; for infrastructure development; in human resource development;
or during the early stage of industrial development in Nepal.
·People-to-people relations have
been phenomenal. Having interest in literature, I have deep respect for Russian
literary icons Leo Tolstoy, Anton Chekhov, Maxim Gorky, Alexander Pushkin etc. It is equally so among many Nepalis.
·A growing number of
Russians have attraction towards eastern philosophies including Buddhism. Likewise,
Nepali people are attracted to the glorious history, diverse culture,
literature and arts of Russia.
·Against this background,
Minister Lavrov and I have agreed to further enhancing the level of cultural cooperation
and people to people exchange.
regional and international contexts, we have shared our thoughts at length. Nepal
stands for multilateralism, so does the Russian Federation. The UN and other
multilateral forums are the hard-own institutions of our collective efforts.
These institutions should be preserved for the collective benefit of humanity.
·Russia is playing an active
role in various global agendas such as cybersecurity, counterterrorism,
peacekeeping, mediation and strengthening of international rule of law. These
are important initiatives for peace and security.
Lavrov and I are on the same page that we should strive for preserving the
multilateralism for the collective benefit of the international community.
me also briefly highlight Nepal’s foreign policy priorities. Nepal values
cooperation with all the countries based on the principle of “Amity with All
and Enmity with None”. As with other countries, Nepal also gives priority to its relationship with the immediate
neighbours. Major powers like Russia, development partners and other friendly
countries are also in priority in our foreign policy orientation.
is committed to not let its territory to be used against any friendly nation in
the Panchasheel or the five principle of Peaceful Coexistence, respect for
international law, value for world peace continue to guide our conduct of
foreign policy. Respect
for the sovereignty, territorial integrity, independence and non-interference
in the domestic affairs of other countries are the fundamentals tenets of
healthy international relations.
Asia is a region full of potentials, diversity and challenges. We are committed
to engage with friendly countries in the region and beyond on areas of
cooperation in the collective interest of the region. Nepal believes that all
differences must be settled through peaceful means.
cooperation has great potentials to contribute to shared prosperity, peace and
stability. Bearing this in mind, we have been playing an active role in
reactivating SAARC as its current Chair and revitalizing BIMSTEC as a bridge
between South Asia and South-east Asia.
is also engaged in the Shanghai
Cooperation Organization since 2015 as dialogue
partner. The framework for the deeper engagement of Nepal with SCO is wide. We
believe that our partnership can be upgrade to a full membership. We need
support from SCO member States including Russia.
has established a permanent dialogue forum known as Sagarmatha Sambaad (Mt
Everest Dialogue named after the tallest peak on earth) to deliberate on
contemporary issues of global, regional and national significance. The first
episode of the Sambaad will be held on the theme ‘Climate Change, Mountains and
Future of Humanity’ to sensitize the international community about the
impending climate crisis and its consequences of humanity. We are expecting
high-level participation from a host of countries including the Russian
me take this opportunity to inform you that Visit Nepal Year is being
celebrated throughout the year 2020 Nepal. I extend to you all my invitation to
come to Nepal at your convenient time. Nepal is a beautiful country and has
many things to offer both naturally and culturally.
quote the famous poet Rasul Gamzatov, who described Nepal as ‘diamond yet to be
crafted’. This is a must-visit destination in one’s lifetime. I would expect
that this message gets across Russia and beyond through appropriate publicity
in this great friendly nation.
will be pleased to answer if you have any questions to me.