KATHMANDU, June 29: Ambassador of Nepal to Myanmar Bhim Udas has paid a courtesy visit to State Counsellor of Myanmar Aung San Suu Kyi at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs on Wednesday. Ambassador Udas was accompanied by Attache’ Mr. Deepak Raj Niraula of the Embassy in Yangon.
Welcoming Ambassador Udas, Suu Kyi expressed her best wishes for his tenure in Myanmar. The State Counsellor then asked how the peace process and the reconciliation aftermath the Maoist conflict were resolved in Nepal, and how it impacted on the young generation, in particular, their rehabilitation in the society. Further, she enquired whether the values of peace and reconciliation are encompassed in the academic curriculum for the knowledge of future generations.
Ambassador Udas briefly narrated the sequence of peace process starting from the Comprehensive Peace Agreement, regular consultations among the top and middle level leaders, presence and role of UNMIN for negotiations among the stakeholders and manage arms and ammunitions, and the contributions made by the development partners.
She also expressed her willingness to work together with Nepal for the development of Lumbini. She said that Myanmar youngsters will be interested to visit Nepal for trekking apart from the pilgrimage tourism. She then asked whether Pokhara has improved and enquired whether Mustang and Manang are open for foreign tourists. Moreover, she recalled her days in cycling in Kathmandu.
Udas appreciated the interest of Myanmar for development of Lumbini. He replied that Pokhara is progressing well to cater more number of tourists, under construction of regional airport in Pokhara, etc. He further said, Mustang and Manang are now open for tourists.
Referring her requests to other Ambassadors in Myanmar she suggested Udas to tell about Nepal’s experiences on the peace process to the media.