Mutual understanding and trust a solid contribution to regional development-President Bhandari

Kathmandu, Nov 2: President Bidya Devi Bhandari has said Nepal and India have enjoyed age-old relations marked by cordiality, goodwill, equality and mutual respect and such closeness is further nurtured by strong social and cultural bonds and people-to-people ties.
Delivering a welcome speech at the State Banquet hosted in honour of visiting Indian President Pranab Mukherjee in the capital on Wednesday, President Bhandari expressed the confidence that that the visit would be fruitful in further enhancing bilateral relations to our mutual advantage.
“The people of Nepal hold you in high esteem as a good friend and a senior statesman of South Asia dedicated to the service of the country for five decades”, President Bhandari noted. Appreciating India’s support in Nepal’s development endeavours, President Bhandari further expressed gratefulness to the Government and people of India for their support for relief and rescue operations and reconstruction activities after the devastating earthquake that hit Nepal eighteen months ago.
She also expressed her hope that Nepal’s current endeavours on the construction of houses and renovation of precious heritage sites and physical infrastructure affected by earthquake and reconstruction campaign would be successful with national resolve and goodwill of friendly countries.
Highlighting that the focus of the Constitution of Nepal promulgated last year is to safeguard and consolidate democratic gains made in recent times, she added, “Our emphasis now is to expedite execution of the constitution, post-earthquake reconstruction, and social and economic transformation to achieve national prosperity”.
On a different note, she said it is a paradox that South Asia though endowed with human and material resources, has the largest concentration of poor people in the world. President Bhandari further noted, “As poverty alleviation is the crying need of the region, we should enhance peace, stability and development, utilise available resources and create employment opportunities for people as a matter of priority”.
Promotion of mutual understanding and trust among nations, she said, will make a solid contribution for development of the region at a faster pace.
Nepal is a glorious country endowed with natural scenery and diverse culture and tourists and explorers including Indians visit Nepal in large numbers, the President said.
The global peace and prosperity can be ensured through observance of the rule of law and norms and values of human rights and equality, and just and universal distribution of the fruits of science and technology for raising the standards of living of the people, she insisted.
In her address, she urged her Indian counterpart to study Nepal’s natural and cultural diversity from close quarters during his visits to the historic cities of Janakpur and Pokhara.
As women and children are the greatest victims of poverty, deprivation and conflict, we should enhance women empowerment and promote welfare of children to make the future generation more competitive and capable, she argued.
She also emphasized the need to enhance the standards of comprehensive education, public health, food security, potable water, sanitation and energy supply are other core areas.
There is a need to jointly tackle negative impact of climate change and undertake suitable adaptation and mitigation measures with a view to safeguarding human lives and ensuring a secure and sustainable earth to posterity, she underscored. RSS

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