The broader Nepali community in Qatar recently organised a programme to reiterate their solidarity with Qatar in the ongoing diplomatic rift. 
The catchphrase of the programme was “We love Qatar, We support Qatar, We are in Qatar, and Qatar is our Second Home”.
The programme was chaired by Dr Dev Kaji Dangol. Rashid al-Dehaimi, Assistant Director of Asian Department at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, was the chief guest and Fahad Saleem Almarri from the Asian Department was the guest of honour. Representatives from Bangladeshi, Indian, Pakistani, Sri Lankan and Filipino communities also participated in the programme.
Participants first signed their names and signatures on a banner that had the portrait of His Highness the Emir Sheikh Tamim bin Hamad al-Thani on it. 
Artist Ramesh Shrestha then painted live a portrait of His Highness the Emir. The portrait was later handed over Rashid al-Dehaimi. The portrait will be presented to His Highness the Emir himself through the Ministry of Foreign Affairs. Shrestha is a council member of Nepal Academy of Fine Arts and Head of Department of Painting. This was his first visit to Qatar. 
Iswor Raj Adhikari, a construction worker, stepped up to the stage in full gear to act out his story. During his live performance, he praised Qatar, which has provided him with a secure and rewarding space. In another performance, Ragunath Sharma came on stage with an apron and a bucket of paint to thank Qatar. Both performances demonstrated that working environment in Qatar is highly rewarding. 
A short documentary on Nepal-Qatar relationship was presented by Shiba Raj Gautam. The film primarily documents, through pictures, the official meetings and high level visits made between Nepal and Qatar. It also documents the social services and philanthropic activities carried out by the Nepali community in Qatar, including blood donations and awareness sessions. 
School students Sandhya Sharma and Kamala Chaulagain recited poems that they had written in honour of Qatar. 
Nepali community leader Sagar Nepal reiterated that the sanctions imposed on Qatar are unjustifiable. He thanked Qatar for providing secure and rewarding jobs to about 450,000 Nepalis who live here. 
Entrepreneur RK Sharma praised all that Qatar has done for Nepali workers and said that the Non Resident Nepali Association stands with Qatar in the ongoing Gulf crisis. Entrepreneur Raj Regmi echoed Sharma’s sentiments in his speech. 
Community leader Narendra Bhatt echoed his support for Qatar and added: “If the crisis persists, our Nepali workers and their families living in rural hinterlands will be more anxious.”
Community leader Binesh Tamang said that Nepalis will be always on the side of Qatar. Community members from Bangladeshi, Indian, Pakistani, Sri Lankan and Filipino communities also called Qatar their “second home”.
Fahad Saleem Almarri appreciated the Nepali community’s gesture in the organisation of the programme and said that Qatar and Nepal have a very strong relationship. “The Qatari government is always there to support Nepali and other communities,” Almarri said.
The organisers gifted Khukuris, Nepali-style knives, to guests and community leaders.
The programme was financially supported by Raj Regmi, RK Sharma, Prakash Koirala, Mahendra Chaulagain, Badri Prasad Pandey, Narendra Bhatt and Dr Dev Kaji Dangol. It was co-ordinated by Shiba Raj Gautam and Sagar Nepal.
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