14 July 2017: Amid a steady flow of international students from Nepal and an ever increasing population of Nepali-speaking Australians, Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade (DFAT) and Nepal’s Ministry of Foreign Affairs have put together a well-defined mechanism through which the two nations are expected to have better and closer bilateral relations in the future.
Nepalese foreign secretary Shankar Das Bairagi and acting secretary of Australia’s Ministry of Foreign Affairs signed an MoU to this end on Friday, Embassy of Nepal in Canberra said today.
The MoU means Nepal and Australia would now reassess the existing bilateral relations between the two friendly nations.
The two sides have also agreed to identify common interest areas as well as to exchange ideas on important regional and international issues.
Issuing a press release, the embassy said the two sides will meet every two years, both in Nepal and in Australia, alternatively. Mr Bairagai has extended an invitation to the Australian foreign minister to visit Nepal, the statement further read.
Speaking in Canberra, the Nepalese foreign secretary apprised his Australian counterpart about the recent political leaps Nepal has made both in implementing the new constitution and also in terms of the recently-held local body elections. The successful elections have meant power has been transferred right through to the grassroots level, he said.
Although Nepal and Australia have had diplomatic relationship since 1960, trade and commerce between the two nations are still nominal except the influx of tens of thousands of Nepalese students into Australian educational institutions.