By Usha Wagle Gautam/Doha
The Nepalese embassy in Doha organised a grand programme to mark the second National Day (Constitution Day) on Tuesday.
Two years have passed since the Himalayan nation promulgated its new Constitution at the historic Constituent Assembly in 2015.
HE the Minister of Administrative Development, Labour and Social Affairs, Dr Issa Saad al-Jafali al-Nuaimi, was the chief guest and Ministry of Foreign Affairs Protocol Chief Ibrahim Yusuf Fakhro was the guest of honour.
Diplomatic Corps dean Ali Ibrahim Ahmed, ambassadors of many countries, Nepalese businesspersons, social workers and community leaders were also present.
The programme, which started with the Qatar and Nepal national anthems, was hosted by Gayatri Poudel, second secretary at Nepalese embassy.
Ambassador Prof Ramesh Prasad Koirala together was joined by the chief guest and guest of honour as they cut a cake to start the programme.
The envoy explained that the Constitution has provided participatory, inclusive and equal opportunities and rights to each national and paved the way for the greater social, economic and cultural development.
“We know, we have a long way to fulfil the hopes and aspirations of the people of Nepal. At this moment, I believe that our friendly nations will be with us to carry out peace, prosperity and sustainable development of Nepal and Nepali people,” he said.
Recalling that Nepal and Qatar established diplomatic relations on January 21, 1977, ambassador Koirala pointed out that this year is the 40th anniversary of bilateral relations between the countries.
“Both Nepal and Qatar are moving forward to diversify our relations and exploring possible avenues of co-operation,“ he said.
The envoy appreciated and praised the rapid development of Qatar under the leadership of His Highness the Emir Sheikh Tamim bin Hamad al-Thani.
He stressed that Nepal has a huge potential for investment in various sectors such as hydropower, tourism, agriculture, infrastructure and other sectors.
“One of the major tourist attractions,the highest peak of the world, Mount Everest and Lumbini, the birth place of the Buddha, are in Nepal,” he pointed out.
Ambassador Koirala lauded more than 400,000 Nepali expatriates in Qatar, constituting the second largest community in the country, for contributing in the construction and development of Qatar.
“They have also been playing a great role in further widening and diversifying the relations between two countries,” he added.
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