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Tuesday, February 19, 2019

Austria’s Minister for Foreign Affairs to arrive on Thursday

Kathmandu, February 20

Austria’s Minister for Foreign Affairs Karin Kneissl, who is on a tour of South Asia, is to arrive in Kathmandu on Thursday leading a 13-member delegation.

According to Kneissl’s Nepali counterpart Pradeep Kumar Gyawali, the Austrian minister is coming to Nepal upon his invitation. When Kneissl arrives at the Tribhuvan International Airport on Thursday, she will become the first Austrian Foreign Minister to come to Nepal in 29 years. The then Minister of Foreign Affairs Alois Mock paid an official visit to Nepal in 1990, just a few days before just a few days before the restoration of multi-party system in Nepal.

According to the ministry, Gyawali had extended an invitation to Kneissl during his visit to Austria in September. Kneissl accepted Gyawali’s invitation to visit Nepal during her South Asia tour.

During the visit, Nepal and Austria will hold official talks on bilateral relations, grants and assistance and cooperation. Austria held the presidency of Council of the European Union until December 2018.

Austria has provided financial assistance for various development projects in Nepal in the past. The key areas of development cooperation are: hydro-electricity, conservation of ancient temples, drinking water, and eco-tourism development. Namche Small Hydro Electric Project, Patan Museum, Keshar Mahal Garden of Dreams and Rolwaling eco-tourism are some of the projects to have been completed under the Austrian Cooperation.

from OnlineKhabar https://ift.tt/2SLgwrO

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