Rwanda and Nepal have established formal bilateral diplomatic relations through their Pemanent representatives to the United Nations in New York.
Ambassador Durga Prasad Bhattarai, permanent representative of Nepal to the United Nations, and Ambassador Valentine Rugwabiza, permanent representative of Rwanda to the United Nations, signed a joint communiqué to this effect at a brief ceremony in New York, yesterday.
Together, they signed a joint letter informing the United Nations Secretary-General Antonio Guterres about this development.
On the occasion, the two ambassadors noted that it was a historic day towards bringing the two countries closer bilaterally and also exchanged views on various measures to further deepen and expand the scope of mutual cooperation in future.
The two countries are already working closely at the United Nations and other multilateral forums, said a press release issued by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs.
Rwanda per capita income is estimated at $2090 (PPP) in 2017, compared to $416 (PPP) in 1994.
Nepal and Rwanda are the sixth and fourth biggest contributors of troops and police to the United Nations peacekeeping respectively.
Rwanda joined the United Nations on 18 September 1962 following its independence from Belgium in July 1962, the MoFA release said.
With the special initiative of the Government of Nepal to make the country’s bilateral diplomatic relations as universal as possible, the number of countries having direct diplomatic ties with Nepal has now reached 161, which constitute 83 per cent of the current member states and observers of the United Nations.
The Express News