Foreign Minister Saud holds talks with his New Zealanders counterpart

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Kathmandu: Minister for Foreign Affairs Narayan Prakash Saud held a bilateral meeting with Winston Peters, Deputy Prime Minister and Minister for Foreign Affairs and Trade (MFAT) of New Zealand in Wellington today.

During the meeting, both sides expressed satisfaction with the excellent state of bilateral relations between Nepal and New Zealand and exchanged views on enhancing cooperation in areas of mutual interest, according to the Embassy of Nepal in Australia.

The Minister attended a luncheon hosted by the Deputy Prime Minister and Minister for Foreign Affairs of New Zealand.

In the afternoon, the Minister visited the Parliament of New Zealand and observed Question Time. His presence in the Parliament was acknowledged by Gerry Brownlee, the Speaker of the House of Representatives of New Zealand.

The Nepali Society in Wellington, together with the Honorary Consul of Nepal to New Zealand, organized an interaction program with the Minister and the visiting delegation in Wellington. Matters relating to providing passport and consular services to the Nepali community in New Zealand more conveniently and utilizing the knowledge, expertise, and skills of Nepalis residing in New Zealand for the benefit of the country were discussed.

Moreover, the Minister visited Te Papa Tongarewa, the national museum of New Zealand, and observed the vast repository of cultural attractions.

Earlier in the morning, the second edition of Nepal-New Zealand Foreign Ministry Consultation (FMC) was held among senior officials of both Ministries.

Rita Dhital, Joint Secretary, South East Asia and the Pacific (SEAP) Division, and Joanna Kempkers, Divisional Manager South Asia and South East Asia of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Trade of New Zealand, led their respective delegations.

The members of the Nepali delegation consisted of Kailash Raj Pokharel, Ambassador of Nepal, and Komal Baral, Section Officer, SEAP Division, Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Nepal, while from the New Zealand side, Mary Thurston, Unit Manager, and April Kwak, Nepal Desk Officer of the South and South East Asia Division, were the members of the delegation.

During the meeting, the two sides took stock of various aspects of bilateral relations and exchanged views on further promoting cooperation through the enhancement of economic and cultural engagements between the two countries.

Minister Saud reached Wellington, New Zealand on Tuesday. He was welcomed at the airport by officials of MFAT of New Zealand, Honorary Consul of Nepal to New Zealand, Dinesh Khadka, and representatives of the Nepali community.