Monday, March 18, 2019

EU looks forward to enhanced dialogue and partnership with Nepal

The European Union (EU) wishes not to be only a development partner of Nepal, but also a political partner, and it is looking forward to taking that partnership to a new level by intensifying and deepening the political dialogue and broadening the common agenda, according to EU delegates.
"The EU and Nepal have been partners in development cooperation ever since bilateral relations began in 1973," the deputy managing director for Asia and Pacific of the European External Action Service (EEAS) Paola Pampaloni said inaugurating a new premises of Delegation of the EU to Nepal today.
"Last year, in 2018, we marked 45 years of our friendship," she said, adding that the role of the EU Delegation to Nepal has been vital in advancing these relations over the years. "The purchase of the new Delegation premises is a testimony to the EU's commitment to remain engaged in and with Nepal, and indeed over the long term to strengthen this partnership."
During the inauguration of the new office premises of the Delegation of the EU to Nepal today the vice president Nanda Bahadur Pun and the EU ambassador to Nepal Veronica Cody were present along with Pampaloni.
The inauguration was also attended by government representatives and EU member state ambassadors.
During her visit to Nepal Pampaloni met with the foreign minister Pradeep Kumar Gyawali, finance minister Dr Yub Raj Khatiwada, foreign secretary Shanker Das Bairagi, and the advisor to the Prime Minister Rajan Bhattarai.
The EU, with its member states, is the largest development partner of Nepal. In the period 2014-2020 the EU tripled its assistance to Nepal from € 120 million to € 360 million. The financial assistance has been focused on rural development, education, governance and reconstruction. The EU stands ready to support the Nepal on its journey toward graduation from LDC status by 2022, and beyond, she added. "Further opportunities for cooperation in the areas of common interest are being explored, particularly in the context of preparing for the next EU Multiannual Financial Framework for development covering the period of 2021-2027."
Accprding to a press note issued by EU Delegation office in Kathmandu today, the world of the 21st century is facing many challenges to the global order. "From the EU perspective these challenges can be tackled only through a rules based and multilateral approach, and through acting together with other like-minded countries," it reads adding that the EU is stepping up its commitment to address global challenges together with its partners, including the implementation of the Paris agreement on climate change, the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development, the reform of the WTO and wider global security challenges.

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