Kathmandu: An exhibition and reception was organized at the British Library in London on Tuesday to commemorate the 100 Year Anniversary of the Nepal –United Kingdom Treaty of Friendship. The event was jointly hosted by the Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Office of the United Kingdom and the Embassy of Nepal in London, in collaboration with the British Library, the Embassy of Nepal, London said in a press release.
Historical documents, manuscripts, photographs, philatelic collection and other historical materials related to Nepal and Nepal-UK relations were put on display during the program. Speaking on the occasion, Foreign Secretary Bharat Raj Paudyal highlighted the way the 1923 Friendship Treaty provided a foundation for the evolution of Nepal-UK relationship in the past 100 years.
The Foreign Secretary stated that these relations today have significantly expanded to development partnership, trade and investment, tourism, diasporas, British Gurkhas and other dimensions of people-to-people linkages as well as cooperation in multilateral forums on agendas of mutual interest. He appreciated the support provided by the British Library in preserving, protecting and digitizing historical manuscripts, photographs, monographs and other valuable materials in Nepal.
The Minister of State in the Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Office of the United Kingdom, Anne-Marie Trevelyan, speaking about the longstanding relations between the two countries, stated that the United Kingdom would contribute to support Nepal in achieving sustainable economic development and graduation from the status of least developed country, including through priority areas of trade and investment. The Ambassador of Nepal to the United Kingdom, Gyan Chandra Acharya and the Head of Collections at the British Library, Xerxes Mazda also addressed the program.