Nepal-Israel ties: Reception in honor of Ambassador designate Prasai

Telegraph Nepal

The Israeli Ambassador to Nepal, Mr. Hanan Goder organized a grand farewell reception to bid farewell to the newly appointed Nepali Ambassador to Israel, H.E. Mr. Prahlad Prasai, on 4th April 2012, at his official residence, Sitapaila. 

Senior Foreign Ministry officials, (retired ones as well) members from Parliament, business community, friends from the Nepali media and family of Ambassador authorized Mr. Prasai were present during the gala gathering.  

Ambassador Goder wishing a successful tenure to Ambassador Prasai in Israel said, “The cooperation and friendship between two nations will stand long.  The Embassies in respective countries serve as a bridge for good bilateral relations and the job of both the Embassies is to strengthen the foundation of that bridge in order to facilitate the passage of other”. 

Remarks with passionate feelings indeed.

Ambassador Goder assured of necessary support to the Nepali Embassy in Israel and said that the door for Nepali Embassy in Israel will always be open. 

Rare gesture.

Ambassador designate Prasai assured the “Nepali friends of Israel” that he will do all he can in order to enhance Nepal-Israeli ties at all possible levels.

When asked to make a short comment on Nepal-Israel relations, the former Ambassador designate to Israel, Dr. Ram Bhakta Thakur (unfortunately he could not present his letter of credential for some technical reasons back home but yet he visited State of Israel with Nepali parliamentary delegation) revealed that “it was the visionary leadership of then King Mahendra and Prime Minister B. P. Koirala who dared to establish diplomatic ties with Israel at a time when the South Asian regional political environment was not favorable for Nepal”.

In saying so perhaps Dr. Thakur was indicating the political pressure that was put on Nepal then by some countries near and far not to establish diplomatic relations with the newly emerged vibrant State of Israel. But Nepal ignored those Himalayan challenges. Nepal thus became the first country in the entire South Asian region to have its diplomatic ties with Israel. The friendship remains in an excellent state even as of now since day one.

Some attending participants even raised their eye brows while Dr. Thakur made these almost forgotten and at times biased remarks.  

Dr. Thakur has already served as Nepal’s Ambassador to Egypt.

During the event, Ambassador Goder presented a plaque with a famous Israeli song that describes “Nepal in a beautiful way” to Ambassador Prasai.

Ambassador Goder also presented Mr. Prasai with a white vest wherein the flags of Nepal and Israel were in print.

Ambassador designate Mr. Prasai will leave for Israel within three weeks time to present his credentials, it is learnt.    

In the meanwhile, the Embassy of Israel in Kathmandu is celebrating biggest and the most popular Jewish festival in and beyond Israel which is the biggest Passover Festival in the World taking place in Kathmandu, so states a fresh release issued by the Embassy of Israel in Kathmandu.

The event will take place today, April 6, 2012, afternoon at Hotel yak and Yeti.

Photo: L to R: Ambassador Designate Prahlad Prasai, Dr. Thakur, Ambassador Goder.


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