Nepal diplomats paid a courtesy call to Uganda’s State Minister for Tourism Godfrey Kiwanda Ssuubi on Wednesday.
The visit is meant to consolidate the trade and tourism relations the new consul wants to build between Uganda and Nepal.
The diplomats included H.E Jhabindra Aryal , Ambassador E&P, Embassy of Nepal, in Cairo Egypt and the newly appointed Honorary Consul of Nepal to Uganda Dr Sudhir Ruparelia.
While receiving Dr Sudhir’s credentials on Tuesday, the Minister of Foreign Affairs Sam Kutesa rooted for bilateral relations with Nepal, saluting Mr Ruparelia for being the right person to spearhead the relations.
“We are pleased to have a prominent Ugandan appointed as the honorary consul of Nepal. We have friendly relations with Nepal,” said Mr Kutesa.
Sudhir said prior to his appointment he had been to Nepal a number of times and appreciated its beauty saying it’s way too similar to that of Uganda. He compared Uganda’s Mt Rwenzori snowcap to the gigantic snow on the world’s tallest mountain, the Mt Everest, which is also one of Nepal’s best tourist attraction.
“Like Uganda which is really blessed by God, Nepal is also such a beautiful country. There so much to offer in terms of religion, culture and tourist attractions as well as the beauty. Likewise we should use this chance to promote each other successfully especially the tourism sector,” said Sudhir.
The Ruparelia Group Chairperson said he was going to work with the Ugandan officials in the tourism sector to help improve Uganda’s tourism and trade sectors. He said his main objective is to promote tourism, trade and good relations between the two countries.
Nepal Minister for Foreign Affairs Pradeep Kumar Gyawali said Sudhir’s appointment was going to consolidate the South Asian country’s bilateral relations with Uganda.
“We are going to strengthen our relationship with a Memorandum of Understanding. This will support investors and inter-governmental relations,” said Mr Gyawali.
“From the agreed honorary consul appointment, we saw the need to take care of Nepal nationals who reside in Uganda and have interests for purposes of business, tourism , education and trade matters.”
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