On the occasion of his business trip to Nepal to present his Credentials, on August 17-18, 2023, Ambassador Nguyen Thanh Hai paid a courtesy visit to Prime Minister Pushpa Kamal Dahal ‘Prachanda’, Speaker of the House of Representatives Dev Raj Ghimire, Chairman of the Party Communist Nepal Marxist Leninist United K.P. Sharma Oli; worked with Foreign Minister Narayan Prakash Saud and Sudanese Minister of Culture, Tourism and Civil Aviation Kirati. The Ambassador sent greetings from the Leaders of the Party and State of Vietnam to the leaders of Nepal; share achievements in socio-economic development of Vietnam after overcoming the COVID-19 pandemic. The Ambassador affirmed that Viet Nam attaches great importance to and wishes to bring the traditional friendship and cooperation relationship with Nepal into depth and effectiveness. Update on Vietnam’s new e-visa policy, the Ambassador said that this is an opportunity to enhance tourism and economic cooperation between the two countries. In addition, the Ambassador also suggested that the relevant authorities pay attention and create conditions for the Vietnamese community in Nepal (about 60 people) to integrate into the host society, contribute to the construction of Nepal and promote the development of the country. promote cooperation between the two countries.
The Prime Minister of Nepal expressed his personal feelings as well as those of the Government of Nepal and the Communist Party of Nepal Maoist Center for Vietnam and President Ho Chi Minh. He emphasized that economic reform in Vietnam as well as the adaptation of the Communist Party of Vietnam in the context of the constantly changing world is a model worth learning. Prime Minister Pushpa Kamal Dahal hoped that economic, trade, investment and tourism cooperation between the two countries would have new steps, the most important of which is air connectivity. He also shared about the Nepal Government’s efforts to reform and facilitate the business environment to attract foreign investors, including Vietnam. The Prime Minister affirmed that Nepal supports Vietnam’s foreign policy of independence, multilateralization and diversification, and agreed that all countries should respect the United Nations Charter and each other’s independence and sovereignty. He emphasized that the East Sea issue should be resolved peacefully on the basis of international law, including the 1982 United Nations Convention on the Law of the Sea.
During a meeting with Speaker of the House of Representatives Dev Raj Ghimire, Ambassador Nguyen Thanh Hai highly appreciated the role of Parliamentary diplomacy in cooperation between the two countries, expressing the Vietnamese side’s desire to increase delegation exchanges. legislative experience between the two parliaments. House Speaker Dev Raj Ghimire said Nepal had completed the elections and stabilized the political situation and moved towards focusing on economic development. Appreciating the importance of Vietnam, Mr. Dev Raj Ghimire affirmed his desire to further promote cooperation between the National Assembly of the two countries, and at the same time create favorable conditions for the Government of Nepal to carry out cooperation activities with Vietnam.
Chairman of the Communist Party of Nepal Marxist Leninist Unification expressed deep affection and admiration for President Ho Chi Minh and the revolutionary cause of Vietnam. As a person who directly participated in the movement against the Vietnam war in Nepal, both directly on the street as well as from the prison, Mr. K.P. Sharma Oli shared emotional perspectives on the influence of President Ho Chi Minh on his vision and leadership style in particular and Nepal’s revolutionary movement in general. He also expressed his admiration for the strong economic development of Vietnam under the leadership of the Communist Party of Vietnam and wished to increase the exchange of experiences between the Communist Party of Nepal Marxist Leninist United and the Communist Party of Vietnam on Party building and socio-economic development.
Nepal’s Foreign Minister Narayan Prakash Saud highly appreciated Vietnam’s implementation of the e-visa policy, helping to create favorable conditions for Nepalese people to come to Vietnam. He expressed his wish to increase delegation exchanges and contacts between leaders of the two countries on the sidelines of multilateral forums, and soon establish legal frameworks to promote air connectivity, trade and investment between the two countries. The Minister also suggested that Vietnamese businesses promote cooperation in areas where Vietnam has strengths and is suitable for Nepal’s needs such as hydropower, infrastructure, telecommunications, industry, etc. Minister of Culture and Tourism Sudan Kirati expressed his wish that the two countries take advantage of their close cultural and religious ties to promote cooperation “as high as Mount Everest, as deep as the East Sea”. Sudanese Minister Kirati especially emphasized the desire of the Vietnamese side to deploy direct flights between the two countries.