The Russian Ambassador Andrey L. Trofimov
speaks on the occasion of the 50th Anniversary
of the Establishment of Diplomatic Relations
between Russia and Nepal
(Kathmandu, July 28, 2006)

Honourable Deputy Prime Minister, Minister for Foreign Affairs Mr. Oli,

Esteemed guests,

Dear friends!

First of all let me express my heartfelt greetings to all those people in this hall.

Half a century ago the Government of my country expressing wish to establish diplomatic relations with the Himalayan country stated that "its interest in the development of relationship with Nepal is based first of all on the aspiration to contribute to strengthening peace by the development of a wide international cooperation including the cooperation with the countries which have entered the way of independent development, and giving support to them on this way". Today we can subscribe to these words whole heartedly too.

Looking back to the past of this short - I mean "short" in terms of history - period of 50 years which has been however very rich in great international events, full of important and even dramatic changes for our countries, we have a feeling of rightful pride for what has been done by our predecessors and parents in the field of development and enrichment of Russia-Nepal friendship and cooperation. This concerns every one in the same extent - the statesmen and once-modest students alike who represented their country and their people with dignity.

One condition was necessary to make this trajectory of our relations a real one. Namely that the development of these relations met the interests and needs of both peoples at all levels and was carried out from both sides by the people of all socio-political and ideological convictions, be it communist, moderate, conservative or whatever. This understanding inspires us to work for the sake of strengthening close friendly ties between the two nations, so geographically remote and yet so close to each other in great many respects.

Our country always bases in its actions on the conception that the main riches of any country is its people. This is not only "the main productive force", as economists use to say but also the riches in a wider and deeper sense. After all, human life does not consist of just a work, a salary which he or she gets and a set of goods which can be bought for this money. We are proud that we could help a friendly people in its enrichment with professional skills, scientific data, acquaintance with the examples of a different culture and art. To more than 5,000 Nepalese, our people has tried to give the best education it could give. I think, no one doubts today that this decision was very right.

I am confident about the future of the Russia-Nepal relations. I am confident because they are based on a solid basis of such principles as the sovereign equality, respect for independence and territorial integrity, non-interference in the internal affairs of other countries, respect for a partner and its interests, mutual benefit. From the very beginning, our relations were based on mutual trust, free of pursuing petty merchantile interests and embodied the high principles.

There is nothing more practical than good principles. And we are confident that this basis gives us reliable guidelines for moving ahead.

Our countries have a common vision of what world we would like to see - a free, equitable one, a world in which children of the very different civilizations and historic traditions cooperate with benefit for themselves, a world in which the common future is determined by all nations together taking into account every one's opinion. We don't want anything more. And we will not agree to anything less.

Half a century ago, the establishment of diplomatic relations between Moscow and Kathmandu, besides the self-evident value, was also a contribution to breaking stereotypes of the Cold War which brought so many troubles and hardships to the mankind. In this regard, I would like to say that Russia highly appreciates the consecutive, peace-loving line of Nepal in international affairs, its invariable policy of non-alignment, active assistance to the cause of international cooperation.

Thank you very much.