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British PM Rishi Sunak praises Nepali community and British Gurkhas

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LONDON: British Prime Minister Rishi Sunak addressed the Nepali community during a special ceremony on Monday at the British Prime Minister’s Office, 10 Downing Street, marking the 100th anniversary of the signing of the Treaty of Friendship between Nepal and Britain, signed in 1923. Prime Minister Sunak praised the contributions of the British Gurkhas in strengthening bilateral relations.

Addressing the program, Sunak highlighted various dimensions of the historical relationship between Nepal and the UK, recalling the past visit of British King Charles to Nepal. He expressed admiration for the achievements of the Nepali diaspora in Britain.

British PM Sunak also emphasized the future potential for increased economic relations between Britain and Nepal, particularly in trade, investment, and climate change cooperation.

Ambassador of Nepal to the UK, Gyan Chandra Acharya, said that the 1923 Treaty of Friendship bolstered Nepal’s presence in the international arena and promoted international relations.

Highlighting Nepal’s social and political progress, he acknowledged the support provided by Britain in Nepal’s development. Acharya expressed his belief that Nepal-UK bilateral relations will expand and strengthen in the coming century.

British Minister of State for Foreign Affairs Anne-Marie Trevelyan reaffirmed the UK’s commitment to supporting Nepal’s development efforts and enhancing economic relations to help Nepal achieve its goal of becoming a middle-income country.

The event was attended by notable figures including Jiba Lamichhane, former president of the Non-Resident Nepali Association, artist Manisha Koirala, NRNA Vice President Dr Hem Raj Sharma, Ram Sharan Simkhada, Professor Surya Subedi, Dr Padam Simkhada, mountaineer Hari Budha, as well as members of the Nepali community in various professions and businesses in Britain, ex-Gurkhas, British parliamentarians, high-ranking officials and British friends of Nepal.

The Embassy of Nepal in London organized the ceremony in coordination with the British Ministry of Foreign Affairs to commemorate the 100th anniversary of the 1923 Treaty of Friendship between Nepal and the UK. To further celebrate the occasion, a special program was held in the hall where the treaty was signed on December 21, 1923, at the Prime Minister’s Office in Nepal, Singha Durbar.