The embassy of Nepal in Doha marked this year's National Day and Constitution Day with a brief ceremony organised on the mission's premises.
The ceremony was attended by embassy officials and staff along with a limited number of representatives of different Nepali community organisations in Qatar, in line with the preventive and precautionary measures put in place to control Covid-19.
Participants in the programme
Nepal's ambassador to Qatar Dr Narad Nath Bharadwaj inaugurated the event by lighting the traditional oil lamp. He then hoisted the flag of Nepal, which was followed by the national anthem. Dr Bharadwaj delivered the National Day message, and a cake was also cut to celebrate the joyous occasion.
Dr Bharadwaj read out the summary of the National Day messages from Nepal's President Bidya Devi Bhandari and Prime Minister KP Sharma Oli.
The envoy highlighted the importance of National Day and Constitution Day for Nepalis living in different parts of the world. He recalled the historic promulgation of the Constitution of Nepal on September 20, 2015, by the Constituent Assembly.
"The Constitution has ensured democracy, inclusion, development and social justice," he noted. "As envisioned by the Constitution, the Government of Nepal has pursued the path of peace, progress and prosperity."
He said the government was committed to realising its objective of 'Prosperous Nepal, Happy Nepali' by focusing on economic growth.
Dr Bharadwaj then touched upon Nepal’s cordial ties with Qatar since the establishment of diplomatic relations in 1977. He appreciated the way Qatar has continued to make phenomenal progress in recent years despite various obstacles. He expressed satisfaction at the presence of a large Nepali diaspora in Qatar as the connecting bridge between the two countries.
Speaking highly of the continuous labour reforms introduced by Qatar, including the latest one on minimum wage and the non-requirement of No-Objection Certificates, he expressed confidence that Qatar would continue to further develop and prosper - both for its citizens and residents.
Ambassador Dr Bharadwaj also referred to Covid-19 and praised Qatar's effective and successful management of the pandemic. While appreciating Qatar's support to Nepal and Nepalis against the Covid-19 challenges, he requested the Nepali community in Qatar to strictly comply with the preventive and precautionary measures.
Finally, Dr Bharadwaj expressed the willingness of Nepal to continue to explore further avenues of co-operation and collaboration with Qatar for the benefit of both countries.