November 02, 2017
In a recent move, Nepal has signed its first-ever diplomatic relations with the State of Eritrea, a country in the Horn of Africa.
The Nepali Ambassador and Permanent Representative of Nepal to the United Nations (UN) Durga Prasad Bhattarai and Charge d’Affaires of the State of Eritrea to the United Nations Amanuel Giorgio signed a Joint Communiqué in this regard in New York, USA on October 31, 2017, informed the Permanent Mission of Nepal to the United Nations in New York.
On the occasion, the Heads of Missions of both the countries discussed strengthening of relations on bilateral front along with collaboration on global forums.
With this, Nepal completes the establishment of its diplomatic ties with 152 countries globally, including the 51 original UN member states.
Nepal and Eritrea share common interests as the Least Developed Countries (LDCs) and also as the members of Group of 77 (a coalition of developing countries at UN) and the Non-Aligned Movement.
As in case of Nepal, the Eritrean economy is majorly dependent on remittances from abroad that account for nearly 32 percent of its GDP. Eritrea saw a GDP growth of 8.7 percent in 2011, thus becoming one of the fastest-growing global economies.
Nepali Foreign Secretary Shanker Das Bairagi was also present on the occasion.