KATHMANDU:- A delegation led by President of France-Nepal Friendship Group of the French House of Representatives, Véronique Riotton called on Prime Minister Sher Bahadur Deuba today. During the meeting held at the Prime Minister’s residence in Baluwatar, the two sides discussed various issues of mutual interest as well as ways to further strengthen bilateral relations.
The delegation also discussed with the Prime Minister about the possible bilateral development projects.
Appreciating the role played by the parliamentary group in further enhancing Nepal-France relations, Prime Minister Deuba stressed on the need to enhance mutual cooperation in the areas of trade, investment, tourism promotion and climate change mitigation, according to the Ministry of Foreign Affairs.
On the occasion, praising Nepal for increasing the participation of Nepali women in tackling the effects of politics and climate change, President Riotton expressed her desire to strengthen cooperation between France and Nepal in the field of sustainable development and agriculture.
Also today, the delegation paid a courtesy call on National Assembly Chairperson Ganesh Prasad Timilsina. During the meeting, Chairperson Timilsina appreciated the contribution made by the Parliamentary Friendship Group in strengthening the 73-year-old Nepal-France friendship and expressed his heartfelt gratitude to France for its continuous support to Nepal’s democratic process.
Stating that the relations between Nepal and France based on mutual goodwill and understanding would be further deepened by the exchange of high level visits, Timilsina thanked France for its support in the vaccination campaign through Covax facility in Nepal’s fight against the COVID-19 pandemic.
Assuring that efforts would be made to intensify the cooperation and collaboration between the two countries, President Riotton expressed interest in promoting relations and cooperation between the three levels of government in Nepal.
The delegation on a five-day visit comprises President of the Group Riotton along with the Vice Presidents, Nicolas Forissier, and Graziella Melchior.
The French delegation also paid a courtesy call on Speaker Agni Prasad Sapkota at the latter’s office in Singha Durbar.
On the occasion, Speaker Sapkota said that the 73-year-old diplomatic relations between Nepal and France have been mutual and exemplary.
He also thanked the Government of France and its citizens for its assistance in medical sector and under COVAX facility to Nepal, to fight COVID-19, said Speaker Sapkota’s Secretariat.
Stating that France’s role in addressing problems created by climate change would be important, he said the 2015 Paris Agreement would remain memorable.
Stressing cooperation and understanding among all for prevailing peace, the Speaker said, “I, on the capacity of Speaker of the country of Buddha: Let’s all from their own respective places initiate for the world peace.”
In response, the three-member French delegation leader Riotton thanked Nepal for its hospitality to them during their visit. For mutual assistance and cooperation between the two countries, areas could be selected through discussions, she said.
Apprising the meeting of practices done by the National Assembly, the lower house of the bicameral French Parliament, other delegation members viewed that exchange of bilateral visits between the two countries would be an opportunity to learn a lesson for the parliament of both the countries.
The French delegation was also scheduled to call on President Bidya Devi Bhandari. RSS
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