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Princess Astrid of Belgium Arrives in Nepal

Minister Moti Lal Dugad welcomed her at the Tribhuvan International Airport
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Princess Astrid of Belgium Arrives in Nepal

Princess Astrid of Belgium has arrived in Nepal on a weeklong visit on January 19, 2020 and was welcomed by the State Minister for Industry, Commerce and Supply Moti Dugad at the Tribhuvan International Airport.

Princess Astrid, the younger sister of Belgium King Philippe, will be staying in Nepal till January 25, 2020.

This is the first time after 1998 that a Belgian royal has paid a visit to Nepal. Earlier, King Albert II had visited Nepal during the eighties and King Philippe in 1998.

Princess Astrid of Belgium has arrived in Nepal

During her stay, Princess Astrid is scheduled to attend various meetings with Nepali leaders and pay visit to various places.

Various Meetings with Nepali Leaders

The schedules include:

  • Courtesy call on President Bidya Devi Bhandari – January 21, 2020
  • A meeting with Ishwar Pokhrel, Deputy Prime Minister and Minister for Defence
  • A meeting with Pradeep Kumar Gyawali, Minister for Foreign Affairs
  • A meeting with Bhanu Bhakta Dhakal, Minister for Health and Population
  • Participating in inaugural ceremony of a new Tuberculosis Centre in Kailali district
  • Visiting Midpoint Hospital in Nawalparasi

The new Tuberculosis Centre and Midpoint Hospital were supported by a Belgium-based NGO called ‘Damien Foundation’ with Princess as the honorary chairperson.

Princess Astrid of Belgium

According to the Nepali Ministry of Foreign Affairs (MoFA), this visit is poised to fortify the bilateral relations between Nepal and Belgium, and promote Nepal’s tourism in the European countries.

Pradeep Kumar Gyawali and Princess Astrid Meeting

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