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Celebrations of the 55th Anniversary of establishment of diplomatic relations between Russia and Nepal

The Russian Center of Science & Culture (RCSC) and Russian Embassy in Nepal marked the 55th Anniversary of establishment of diplomatic relations between Russia and Nepal by holding an official reception jointly organized with Nepal-Russia partner organizations.

Among key participants in the programme there were high-ranking officials of the foreign and culture ministries of Nepal, Mr. Tika Jung Thapa, President of Nepal Council of World Affairs, former ambassadors of Nepal to Russia Mr. Hiranya Lal Shrestha, Mr. Lila Prasad Sharma and Mr. Yadav Kanta Silwal, Brig. General (Retired) Digamber Shumsher J. B. Rana, President of Nepal National Ex-Army Servicemen Association, Soviet and Russian graduates, leaders of Nepal-Russia partner organizations and representatives of cultural and scientific community.

Welcoming the gathering, the chief guest of the reception Hon. Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Foreign Affairs of Nepal Mr. Upendra Yadav and Russian Ambassador to Nepal H.E. Dr. Sergey V. Velichkin inaugurated a photo exhibition

Retrospective of Russia-Nepal cooperation in science and culture comprising over 150 rare shots and copies of unique archival documents that witnessed the set up and evolution of multidimensional ties between the two friendly countries.

The ceremony was followed by an official talk programme and brief address to the audience by leaders of the Mitra Kunj (the Association of Soviet and Russian graduates), Nepal-Russia Friendship Association, Nepal-Russia Cultural and Literary Associations as well as Nepal Council of World Affairs, National Federation of UNESCOs clubs, centers and associations and Nepal-Russia Chamber of Commerce and Industry.

In his keynote address to the guests Russian Ambassador to Nepal H.E. Dr. Sergey V. Velichkin read out the congratulatory letter by the Minister for Foreign Affairs of the Russian Federation H.E. Mr. Sergey V. Lavrov to Hon. Deputy Prime Minister and Minister for Foreign Affairs of Nepal Mr. Upendra Yadav in which Russian Foreign Minister congratulated his Nepalese counterpart on this momentous occasion and extended his best wishes of peace and prosperity to the friendly people of Nepal.

Russian Ambassador noted that the commonality of views and national interests of the two countries towards major contemporary problems provides a firm foundation for the interaction of Russia and Nepal on a wide range of topical issues of international politics. H.E. Dr. Sergey V. Velichkin also expressed his sincere gratitude to the champions of Nepal-Russia friendship among the partner organizations who throughout many years have been working for the cause of strengthening ties between the two countries.

Hon. Deputy Prime Minister and Minister for Foreign Affairs of Nepal
Mr. Upendra Yadav highlighted that the foreign policy of Nepal was based on strict observance of international law and guiding principles of the UN Charter and noted that the Government was strongly determined to further develop Nepals traditionally friendly relationship with Russia in the years ahead.

The ceremony was over when the chief guest decorated the most active partners of the RCSC with diplomas and souvenirs as mementos of this historic date.

The guests were presented with the anniversary issue of the magazine Souvenir of Friendship by Nepal-Russia partner organizations who collected interviews, articles and publications of prominent advocates of Nepal-Russia friendship and cooperation.

The event elicited a vivid response and was broadly covered by the central mass-media: the inauguration ceremony was simultaneously broadcasted by four Nepalese news channels while the leading newspapers placed articles about the momentous occasion on their front pages.