KATHMANDU — The United Arab Emirates has opened its embassy in Kathmandu.
Foreign Minister of UAE, Sheik Abdullah bin Zayed Al Nahyan, inaugurated the embassy amid a function in Lazimpat, Kathmandu on Tuesday.
Speaking on the event, Nahyan said bilateral ties between Nepal and UAE had reached a new height with the establishment of the Gulf nation’s residential mission in Kathmandu.
Saeed Hamdan al Naqbi has been designated as UAE’s first residential ambassador to Nepal. He will soon present his Letter of Credence to President Bidhya Devi Bhandari, according to Deepak Adhikari, joint secretary at the foreign ministry.
Deputy Prime Minister Kamal Thapa, who was also present on the event, said the establishment of the embassy would facilitate hundreds of thousands Nepali workers seeking employment in the UAE.
Earlier, UAE’s embassy based in New Delhi had been concurrently looking after Nepal.
Nepal had set up its embassy in Abu Dhabi in 2004. The diplomatic relations between the two countries was established on January 22, 1977.
UAE is one of top job destinations of Nepali migrant workers. It is estimated that about half a million Nepalis are working there.
Meanwhile, Nahyan has called on President Bidhya Devi Bhandari and Prime Minister KP Sharma Oli, separately.
During the meeting, the UAE minister urged PM Oli to conclude the proposed Bilateral Investment Promotion and Protection Agreement and Double Taxation Avoidance Agreement between the two countries so that the Gulf country can make more investments in Nepal, according to the prime minister’s foreign affairs expert Gopal Khanal.Follow @gorkhapost