Press release on the official function that was hosted to mark and celebrate the 70th anniversary of the establishment of bilateral relations between Nepal and France


For immediate release
Kathmandu, 21 April 2019

On 20th April 2019, the French Embassy and the Ministry of Foreign Affairs jointly hosted an official function to mark and celebrate the 70th anniversary of the establishment of bilateral relations between Nepal and France.

Honourable Minister for Foreign Affairs, Mr. Pradeep Kumar Gyawali, represented the Government of Nepal at the occasion. The Goodwill Ambassador for the 70th anniversary, Ms. Shrinkhala Khatiwada, senior officials of the Government of Nepal, members of the diplomatic community, civil society and media were also present at the occasion.

In their remarks, Ambassador François-Xavier Léger (फ्रंस्वा जाविये लेजे) and the Goodwill Ambassador both highlighted how the Nepal France relation was deeply rooted in the people 2 people relation.

Similarly the Honourable Minister also stressed on the cultural contacts and people 2 people relation which are “nurtured by mutual love and goodwill prevalent at the grass root level of our societies”. He also talked about the collaboration at the multilateral forums, political contacts and economic aspects of the Nepal-France relationship.

The second part of the event was a musical performance by Singhini Consort with Franck Bernède on cello, Santosh Bhakta Shrestha on esraj and Bidur Rajkarnikar on tabla.

The musical pieces featured Frank in a solo performance as well as in a musical collaboration with Santosh and Bidur who incorporated esraj and tabla in this musical journey that took the audience through time.

The musical performance was specially organized to illustrate one of the major facets of Nepal France relationship: one that is based on people 2 people relation and on partnerships.

Media contact:
Deepesh Bidari, Chargé de Mission, French Embassy, 01 44 12 332

You can read Ambassador François-Xavier LEGER’s remarks here.

Remarks delivered by the Honorable Minister for Foreign Affairs can be accessed here.

For more information on the musicians, please click here.

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Last updated on: 18 June 2019