The Embassy of Nepal in Riyadh hosted a reception today to mark the Constitution Day and National Day of Nepal at the Cultural Palace in Diplomatic Quarter, Riyadh.
In a welcome speech, Ambassador Mr. Navaraj Subedi, extended his warm greetings and best wishes to all Nepalese compatriots living in the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia as well as Saudi friends of Nepal. The Ambassador paid homage to the known and unknown martyrs who made significant sacrifices for democracy, a republican state, and human rights in Nepal.
The Ambassador highlighted the salient features of Nepal’s new constitution, promulgated on 20 September 2015, which transformed the country into the Federal Democratic Republic of Nepal. The Ambassador said that the new constitution introduced mixed parliamentary electoral systems, First-past-the-post (FPTP) and Proportional Representation (PR), ensuring equal rights and representation for all communities, ethnicities, and genders, and paving the way for economic development and prosperity.
Speaking on Nepal-Saudi Arabia relations, the Ambassador said that the two countries enjoy excellent bilateral relations marked by cordiality, friendship and cooperation. The Ambassador emphasized that the exchanges of bilateral visits between the two countries have greatly contributed in enhancing the relations. He also highlighted the importance to further expand and diversify the relations to their potentials for mutual benefits.
The Ambassador expressed his gratitude to the Government of Saudi Arabia for their continued support and felicitation for the well-being of Nepalese citizen where, nearly four hundred thousand Nepalese are currently employed in the Kingdom. The Ambassador also expressed his gratitude to the Government of Saudi Arabia for the assistance in evacuating Nepalese nationals stranded in Sudan. The development initiatives, economic reforms, and social welfare schemes taken by the Government of Saudi Arabia as a Saudi Vision 2030 was also applauded by the Ambassador.
The Ambassador further underlined that the Nepal and Saudi Arabia have significant opportunities for tourism, investment, and trade. The Ambassador encouraged the tourism entrepreneurs and business organizations to explore and consider foreign investment opportunities in Nepal. The Ambassador emphasized that the Government of Nepal is actively implementing liberal trade policies, reducing tariffs, simplifying tax regimes, and focusing on trade-related infrastructure. On the event, The Great Karnali Quest, the thrilling 248 km of whitewater rafting competition scheduled to be held this year in November was also highlighted by the Ambassador.
The ceremony was attended by His Highness Prince Faisal bin Abdulaziz bin Mohammed bin Ayyaf Al Muqrin, Mayor of the Riyadh Province, Deputy Minister of Protocol Affairs, from the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia, High level government officials of the government of Saudi Arabia, ambassadors and heads of missions, heads of diplomatic community, representatives of international organizations, business leaders, well-wisher of Nepal, media persons, members of Nepali community, representatives of Nepalese in different occupations and Embassy family members were present on the occasion.
Embassy of Nepal, Riyadh
15 September 2023