By Our Reporter
On 16 November, a solemn event dedicated to the 62nd anniversary of the establishment of diplomatic relations between Nepal and Russia took place. The event was organized by the Russian Center for Science and Culture (RCSC) in cooperation with the Nepal-Russia Friendship and Cultural Association, Mitra Kunj – Alumni Association and Nepal-Russia Chamber of Commerce and Industry.
The bilateral relations between Russia and Nepal were established between 5 June and 9 July, 1956. April of 1959 witnessed the signing of several agreements regarding economic and technical aid between the two nations. The then Soviet Union had extended important, economic and development cooperation to Nepal’s development efforts. Their cooperation in building physical and industrial infrastructure also contributed to accelerate the modernization process in Nepal. Some of the events that followed were free assistance in the construction of a hydroelectric power station with power line, a sugar mill and assistance in conducting prospecting work in the construction of a highway. In 1964 the Soviet Union agreed on providing free aid for establishing an agricultural machinery plant. Since 1992, Russia has been home to many Nepali students for higher studies on a financial basis. Now, Russian Federation is providing a limited number of scholarships (around 10-14) to Nepalese students especially in the fields of medicine and engineering every year.
Foreign Minister Minister Pradeep Kumar Gyawali and Charge d’ affaires of Russia in Nepal Yuri Ivanovich Yuzhaninov jointly inaugurated the event. Prof. Bhagwan Ratna Tuladhar, President, Nepal-Russia Friendship & Cultural Association chaired the function. Director of Russian Centre of Science and Culture Ms. Yulia Androsova welcomed all the distinguished guests.
Minister Gyawali in his speech congratulated people of Nepal and Russia on the 62nd anniversary of diplomatic relation between both the countries. He also spoke about the history of long and friendly relation between the two nations and cooperation that Russia has provided to Nepal. He wished for more strengthened and cordial relation.
Charge d’ affairs Yury Yuzhaninov, Prof. Bhagwan Ratna Tuladhar, Nahendra Pradhan- President of Mitra Kunj and Naresh Shrestha – President of Nepal-Russia Chamber of Commerce and Industry all spoke about friendly relations between the countries.
After the official ceremony, the program was followed by cultural dance chow. Russian folk dance ensemble “Rainbow” from Russia gave its performance on the stage. Dancers of Sushila Arts Academy performed Nepali folk dance which was a gift to the guests from Russia.