Marking Austria’s first-ever ministerial visit to Nepal, Austria’s Minister for Foreign Affairs Karin Kneissl is on a three-day official visit to the Himalayan nation.
Karin’s visit is happening as a result of invitation from Nepal Ministry of Foreign Affairs Pradeep Kumar Gyawali, and marks the first ministerial visit from Austria in the last 30 years.
A total of 13 members including five journalists are accompanying the Austrian Minister in her bilateral visit, informed Nepal Foreign Ministry Spokesperson Bharat Raj Paudyal.
As part of the visit, Karin’s team will hold a ministry-level meet with her Nepali counterpart and his team.
Discussions are expected to be majorly on bilateral interests and matters of mutual cooperation that are of regional and international significance.
As part of the visit, Karin is also scheduled to call on Prime Minister KP Sharma Oli.
She will also be part of a program to be organized by the Institute of Foreign Affairs.
A Quick Glance at Nepal-Austria Ties
Nepal and Austria had good number of discussions on different areas of cooperation in the recent past.
Nepal Tourism Board and Trekking Agents Association of Nepal jointly hosted Alpinmesse Forum in Innsbruck (Austria) during Oct 20-21, 2018, with an aim to introduce Nepal’s adventure tourism to Austria’s populace.
That was Nepali delegation’s first-ever participation in the fair aimed at promoting Nepal’s potential in adventure sports activities.
This program also saw the active participation of Non-Resident Nepalis (NRN) Austria.
Besides, the business fraternity of two sides had also met in November 2017 to sing agreements pertaining to enhancement of business-business, trade and investment cooperation.
Prior to the latest visit, Gyawali and Karin Kneissl had met for bilateral discussions earlier in September 2018.
2019 marks the 60th year of establishment of Nepal-Austria bilateral relations.