KATHMANDU — Prime Minister KP Sharma Oli has extended greetings to all Nepalis on the occasion of Chhath, expressing hope that the festival would promote brotherhood, unity and spiritual bond among all Nepalis.
“Religious tolerance, social unity and lasting mutual relations are Nepal’s traditional culture,” PM said in his greeting, adding, “Nepal is a common place of multi-religion, multi-culture and multi-ethnicity.”
The PM said all the festivals celebrated by all the ethnic groups and communities have their own specialty. “Festivals of various communities and ethnic groups are important component of Nepal’s cultural identity,” PM Oli shared.
In his message, PM Oli said each community celebrating other communities’ traditions and culture would enhance mutual reconciliation and brotherhood among various ethnic groups, religions and communities.
The Chhath festival which is celebrated mostly in Tarai-Madhes by worshipping the Sun is gradually becoming popular in the hilly region too.
2018 to be marked as high-level visit year : Minister Gyawali
KATHMANDU — Minister for Foreign Affairs Pradip Gyawali has said that the year 2018 would be made the high-level visit year to solicit assistance for economic development.
Minister Gyawali, at an interaction programme in the capital city today, said that the high-level visit would be helpful to collect assistance for Nepal’s development and prosperity.
“Homework to invite Indian PM Narendra Modi and Chinese President Xi Jinping would begin very soon. Chinese President Xi Jinping was invited in 2016 but his visit could not happen due to change in government. This time, high-level visits from the USA, the UK, Japan and other countries would be arranged,” Minister Gyawali said.
He also added that the visit from Prime Minister of Pakistan held last month increased goodwill and was concentrated on holding the stalled SAARC Summit.
On the occasion, the Foreign Affairs Minister said that truce in Syria should be held as the children are falling victims to the war.
He also pledged to work to increase Nepal’s access to UN adding that our approach is not established in comparison to Nepal’s contribution to peace keeping mission. Minister Gyawali reiterated his commitment to not allow Nepal’s soil to be used against any nation.
The Foreign Affairs Minister said that Nepal’s relations with China and India would be based on our necessity instead of an alternative to one another.Follow @gorkhapost