Kathmandu, 10 January: Nepal and France have agreed to cooperate with each other in the regional and international forums on the common issues that meet the national interests of both countries.
Such decision was made during the Nepal-France consultation mechanism meeting held in the capital city. The meeting held on the occasion of the 70th anniversary of the establishment of diplomatic ties between the two countries dwelt thoroughly on issues of mutual interests.
The issues that featured during the meeting were energy, trade, tourism, urban development, information and communications, climate change, culture and others. It was shared at a press conference following the meeting.
There was a five-member delegation led by French Foreign Secretary Maurice Gourdault-Montagne while Nepali delegation was led by Foreign Secretary Shanker Das Bairagi.
Also attended by the representatives from various ministries as of finance, industry and trade, communication and information technology, culture, the meeting decided that Nepal and France would foster partnership on the multilateralism and contribute to establishment of the international peace.
The French diplomats praised Nepalis as the creators of peace and hailed Nepal Army's role in UN peace keeping mission.They added that France, as the founder nation of the EU, was in favour of the promotion of multilateralism and regional organizations.
The Foreign Secretaries from both countries handed over the letter to Miss Nepal Shrinkhala Khatiwada on her appointment of Nepal-France Goodwill Ambassador for the promotion of Nepal-France relations.
A commemorative logo on the 79th anniversary of bilateral ties was unveiled on the occasion.
On the occasion, French Ambassador to Nepal, Francois-Xavier Leger shed light on various programmes to be held throughout the year.