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Russian Ambassador to Nepal H.E. Dr. Sergey Vasilievich Velichkin at the “Face to Face” interaction program on “Prospects of Nepal-Russia cooperation” at the Reporters’ Club Nepal
(December 7, 2011)

On Wednesday, 7 December  Ambassador of Russia to Nepal was the chief guest at the press conference for the leading Nepalese media organized in the Capital by the Reporters’ Club Nepal and described the current state and prospects of bilateral relations between the two countries.

Dr. Sergey V.Velichkin elaborated that despite the well-known processes of internal transition affecting the dynamics of their relationship, Russia and Nepal had vividly demonstrated that the two countries are eager to reintroduce more substance to the time-tested framework of their cooperation.

The historic meeting of the Prime Ministers of Russia and Nepal in the margins of the world Tiger Summit in Saint-Petersburg on October, 24 2010 signified an all important practical breakthrough in revitalizing high-level contacts between the two countries. Later on, the first-ever visit by a delegation of the State Duma (lower house) of the Federal Assembly of the Russian Federation led by its Deputy Speaker Mr. Valery A.Yazev to Nepal held between 23-27 of March 2011 provided a veritable coup in the field of parliamentary exchanges at a highly important juncture of Nepalese constitutional development.

In a follow-up of the visit further contacts between the two sides have taken place. In early July Mr. Valery A.Yazev hosted in Moscow an expanded meeting of representatives of business circles and government officials of Russia and Nepal on economic development and potential investments in Nepalese projects.

Of particular importance was the celebration of the 55th Anniversary of the establishment of diplomatic relations between Russia and Nepal on July 20, 2011 which coincided with the 6th Non Resident Nepali Regional Conference in Moscow on “Strengthening NRN Network – Promoting Nepal” which gathered 417 participants from 25 countries. The NRN conference was presided over by the then visiting Deputy Prime Minister and Minister for Foreign Affairs of Nepal Rt. Hon. Mr. Upendra Yadav, who later met the First Deputy Minister of Foreign Affairs of the Russian Federation Mr. Andrey Denisov and Chairman of the Supreme Court of the Russian Federation Mr. Vyacheslav Lebedev.  A special feature of this visit was the inauguration of the Nepal House, an emblem of Nepal-Russia friendship, by Rt. Hon. Mr. Upendra Yadav amidst a special function held with the participation of Deputy Governor of Kaluga Region of Russia Mr. Vladimir Potemkin. The Nepal House is a part of “the Global Village” some 100 kilometers south from Moscow.  Finally, during Nepalese governmental delegation’s stay in Moscow a cooperation agreement between the Russian Chamber of Commerce and Industry and Federation of Nepalese Chambers of Commerce and Industry was signed by their presidents Mr. Sergey Katyrin and Mr. Suraj Vaidya correspondingly.

Ambassador Velichkin briefed the media representatives on the working visit of prominent deputies belonging to all major factions of the Constitutional Assembly of Nepal to Russia late September. The visit was focused on comparative study of Russia’s court system architecture and its running. He noted with satisfaction that discussions between the representatives of the CA and Russian judiciary establishment were held in an atmosphere of mutual respect and businesslike genuine interest to each other’s experiences as well as to available opportunities for expanding bilateral cooperation.

The Russian envoy welcomed the recent efforts of political parties towards completing  the peace process and preparation of the new constitution of the country: “The latest development seen in the sectors of peace and constitution in Nepal has augured well that the transition will soon end, creating a conducive environment for the well-being and prosperity of the Nepali people”.

Dr. Sergey V.Velichkin also suggested that Nepal should adopt a unique federal structure with due reflection of the country’s historical, geographical, cultural and political features.

The event elicited a vivid response in the media.

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