Marking the 70th Anniversary of Nepal-France diplomatic ties, the two countries held bilateral discussions in Kathmandu on January 09, 2019.
Nepal Foreign Secretary Shankar Das Bairagi invited Secretary-General of the French Ministry of Europe and Foreign Affairs Maurice Gourdault for a visit to Kathmandu on the occasion. The two sides covered topics pertaining to bilateral, multilateral, regional and mutual interest issues.
They also stressed on the need to look at the future and address common global challenges including climate change, development issues such as access to digitalization and environment, investment, trade & tourism and threat to multilateralism among others.
Nepal and France marked the 70th Anniversary of their bilateral cooperation by unveiling a number of special programs for future.
In view of the 70th Anniversary celebrations, French Embassy in Kathmandu and Nepal Ministry of Foreign Affairs will organize a number of programs in 2019.
Events such as debate competitions, discussion programs, drawing competitions, fashion show, literary programs, music festivals, taste of France and honoring a few French mountaineers will be conducted as part of the 70th Anniversary celebrations.
On the occasion, Nepal and France also appointed Miss Nepal 2018 Shrinkhala Khatiwada as a Goodwill Ambassador to take ahead Nepal-France ties.
According to a joint press release, Khatiwada was called upon to convey a message of goodwill, friendship and cooperation between Nepal and France. French representative Gourdault-Montagne and Nepal Foreign Secretary Shankar Das Bairagi jointly presented the letter of appointment to Khatiwada.
A special commemorative logo designed by Ecole student Victor Hugo and Manjushree Vidyapith Aayush Kunwar was also launched at the press briefing.