Dr. Moustafa Gendy
Ambassador of the Arab Republic of Egypt to Nepal
Egypt celebrates today, 23 July, its national day and the 60th anniversary of the 23rd of July 1952 revolution, which represents a milestone in the history of the Egyptian people’s struggle to confirm the sovereignty, independence and national will, and supported the revolutionary movements for national independence in the third world countries in Africa, Asia and Latin America continents. The Egyptian Arab, regional, and international roles have emerged and Egypt played a major role in establishing the Afro-Asia people’s solidarity organization, where its headquarter is located in Cairo, and it participated effectively in the establishment of the Non-Aligned Movement and G77 for Developing Countries to achieve the balance in the international system.
The Egyptian People’s history of Struggle represents a connected and extended chain of revolutionary tide through different ages to confirm the living values in the spirit and consciousness of the Egyptian nation, which appear in ensuring freedom, independence, and national dignity. The Egyptian people represent the permanent support to the national will by standing with the army to protect the will of the people in the 1952 July revolution, and the army stood up to safeguard the people’s will and aspirations for the change and achieve the legitimate demands to live and maintain dignity, freedom, and justice in the revolution of 25th of January 2011.
Egypt witnessed for more than 16 months great achievements in its way to lay the foundations of the democratic process by holding the Parliamentary elections, for the people’s Assembly and Shura (consultative) council, and the presidential election to elect the President of the Republic in a free and transparent way that the whole world praised.
Egypt and Nepal have very friendly, cordial, and historical relations and they are one of the founders of the Non-Aligned Movement (NAM). Egypt is always keen to promote and enhance mutual cooperation with Nepal at all the levels. The Bilateral relations between the two countries witnessed the growing development based on the credit of the deep history of friendly and cordial relations, which has been represented in the last period through constructive coordination and cooperation in the international forums, consistency of their positions towards different international issues of mutual interest, especially Climate Change, which is considered as one of the main challenges on the international level and both countries called for considering the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change as the main framework for the negotiations concerning the climate change. There are other issues that Egypt and Nepal have consistent positions like Disarmament, Peace Building, the nuclear countries’ necessity to undertake their responsibilities as stated in the Non-Proliferation Treaty (NPT), exerting the serious efforts to achieve its universality, combating terrorism in all its forms, maintaining the collective security, upholding the universal values of democracy, promoting human rights, activating the role of the UN General Assembly, developing the role of the Economic and Social Council, fulfill the obligations and commitments of the international community to implement the development agendas to achieve the millennium development goals, establishing the international trade system based on more justice to maintain the balance in the world economic relations to fulfill the development needs of the third world countries, and the need to increase the Official Development Assistance provided by the Developed countries to the Least Developed Countries, which Nepal chairs its coordination bureau since September 2009, considering canceling its debts, and setting up time tables to fulfill all its obligations .
In addition, high officials in Egypt and Nepal exchanged the messages in the context of mutual consultation and cooperation, Nepal supported all the Egyptian candidacies and the coordination between the two countries for reciprocal support in the different international forums and organizations, Nepal Participated by a high level delegation in the meeting of NAM coordination bureau at the ministerial level that was held in Sharm El Sheikh from 7 to 10 May 2012 as well as its participation in the extended meeting of the Afro-Asia people’s solidarity organization that was held in Cairo on 3rd and 4th of April 2012 , trade balance has increased by more than 4 times, the relations with the main figures of the Nepali society concerned with culture, art, and cultural heritage, dignitaries and decision makers has been promoted, and cultural and scientific cooperation between the two countries has been enhanced. Moreover a new novel titled “the Husband and the Cat” written by the famous Nepali novelist Ms. Indira Parsai, has been published in the Arabic language according to the agreement signed by the former Ambassador of Nepal to Egypt Dr. Rambhakta P.B Thakur and the sincere efforts he made with the officials at the National Centre for Translation under the Egyptian Ministry of Culture to enhance the cultural ties between the people of both nations, to allow the Egyptian readers to know about the culture and literature of Nepal.
I would like to seize this opportunity to congratulate Ms. Indira Parsai, the first novelist in Nepal whose novel published in Arabic language in Egypt.
Long Live Egypt-Nepal friendship, and the cordial relations between the people of the two countries.
Speech delivered by the author on July 23, 2012, evening.