Joint Press Release
(Communicated by the Foreign Ministry Spokesman)
The Honorable Mrs. Sahana Pradhan, Minister for Foreign Affairs of Nepal declared today her government's decision to open an embassy in Israel very soon. The announcement was made in her meeting with Vice Prime Minister and Minister of Foreign Affairs, Mrs. Tzipi Livni. Mrs. Pradhan is on an official visit to Israel, this is the first visit of a Nepalese Minister for Foreign Affairs to Israel since the establishment of diplomatic relations in 1960.
Minister Pradhan also met with President-elect Mr. Shimon Peres and greeted him formally on behalf of the Prime Minister of Nepal Girija Prased Koirala, on being elected to the presidency. Mr. Aaron Abramovich, Director General of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs met with FM Pradhan. She delivered a lecture at the Israel Council on Foreign Relations, visited Yad Vashem, the Holocaust Memorial and laid a wreath in honor of the Holocaust victims.
At their meeting, the two foreign ministers expressed appreciation for the friendly bilateral relations between the two countries. They discussed issues of mutual benefit and potential areas of cooperation between Nepal and Israel. They also discussed regional issues. Minister Livni expressed Israel's concerns regarding the threats posed to the whole world by the extremist regime in Iran. Minister Pradhan conveyed her hope for successful outcome of the Middle East peace process, based on UN Security Council resolution 242 and a two state solution.
Minister Livni expressed appreciation for the ongoing peace process in Nepal and acknowledged with satisfaction the opening of a Nepalese Embassy in Israel which to her view will strengthen the bilateral relations between the two countries. Minister Livni also expressed Israel's desire to cooperate in various fields of priority for Nepal, through MASHAV - the Israel Foreign Ministry's Center for International Cooperation.
During their meeting the two ministers also discussed the issue of the Nepalese workers in Israel and took note of the need to reach an understanding that will enable to regulate the issue of Nepalese manpower employment in Israel. The government of Israel has expressed its willingness to consider the issue favorably. In the spirit of the friendly relations between their countries, the two ministers agreed to form a permanent mechanism for bilateral consultations between the two Ministries of Foreign Affairs.