Message from the Ambassador
Message from His Excellency Mr. Mohan Krishna Shrestha,
Ambassador of Nepal to France
Following my appointment as Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary of the Federal Democratic Republic of Nepal to the French Republic, I have taken up my duties at the Embassy from 17 June 2010 and also presented my Letters of Credence to His Excellency President Nicolas Sarkozy on 02 July 2010.
My arrival at the Embassy ends a long spell of time in which the post of Ambassador had had remained vacant.
To begin with, I would like to say “Namaste” to all our Nepali brothers and sisters living in France and also to our French friends of Nepal.
Although diplomatic relations between Nepal and France was established on 20 April 1949 only, however, our cooperative relations has had started much earlier than that. The seminal visit of late Nepalese Prime Minister to France from 15 August to 10 October in 1850 can be construed as a milestone event which heralded a new chapter in our bilateral relations.
Our relations is based on mutual trust, deep friendship and cooperative relations. Both countries are the members of the United Nations and of many other International Organizations. Thus, both countries share common views on many issues of topical importance. Our relations has been nurtured by the exchange of visits which have taken in the past at different levels.
French Alpinists have a special attraction on Nepalese Himalayas. Apart from that, many high French dignitaries hold special affection towards Nepal and Nepalese people. There are many educationists and researchers who are involved in many researches in Nepal on different disciplines. Similarly, many French NGO have been helping our people in many far-flung villages for the establishment of schools, dispensaries and other social organs.
Nepal is an ancient country with age-old culture and traditions, deep religious faiths, exotic wildlife, rich flora and fauna and a vast bio-diversity. Many consider Nepal as a living museum of arts, architecture and cultural assets. There are 10 World Heritage Sites in Nepal listed in UNESCO. Living Goddess Kumari resides in Basantapur in the central part of Kathmandu city blessing the people. Lord Buddha, the Apostle of Peace, was born in Lumbini, in the southern part of Nepal in 623 BC. Nepal is the home of 29.33 million friendly people who are living in peace and harmony upholding their traditional cultural values.
Last year a total of 24,678 French nationals visited Nepal. Let me hope that many more French tourists will visit our beautiful country Nepal this year – in this celebrated Nepal Tourism Year and enjoy our world reknowned warm hospitality.
Welcome to Nepal.