Foreign Ministers of Nepal and the Russia Federation meet in Moscow

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Hon'ble Mr. Pradeep Kumar Gyawali, Minister for Foreign Affairs, held delegation level talks with H.E. Mr. Sergey Lavrov, Foreign Minister of the Russian Federation, in Moscow today. The bilateral meeting was held in a cordial atmosphere.

The two Ministers exchanged views on various aspects of bilateral relations. They underscored the importance of the exchange of high-level visits, including the judicial, parliamentary and business exchanges. Minister Gyawali handed Dyer the invitation of the Rt. Hon'ble President of Nepal to His Excellency the President of the Russian' Federation to pay a state visit to Nepal. He also handed over the invitation of the Rt. Hon'ble Prime Minister of Nepal to His Excellency the Prime Minister of the Russian Federation.

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Minister Lavrov s-aid that the visit of Foreign Minister Gyawali is important. in view of the gap of 14 years since the last visit from the Nepali side. Minister Gyawali stated that this visit was an indication of the importance Nepal attached to its friendship with the Russian Federation, particularly in the fundamentally changed – national context.

The Ministers agreed to harness the immense potentials to enlarge the scope and enrich the substance of the bilateral cooperation especially in the areas of investment, trade, tourism, education, energy, infrastructure development, and culture and people-to-people relations.

The two sides underlined the need of building a' strong 'economic partnership commensurate with the bond of friendship they have been cherishing since the establishment of diplomatic relations in 1956. They agreed to explore ways and means for enhancing economic and trade relations for mutual benefit. Through his Russian counterpart, Minister Gyawali encouraged Russian entrepreneurs to invest.

In Nepal in view of an investment-friendly environment. Nepal acknowledged with thanks the Russian cooperation in many areas, ranging from post-disaster support of 2015 to human resource development, infrastructure development to cultural cooperation. In the context of visit Nepal Year 2020, Nepal also invited more Russian visitors to Nepal.

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