On July 21-24, 2019, the Georgian Foreign Ministry delegation, led by Mr. Alexander Khvtisiashvili, Deputy Minister, paid a working visit to the capital of the Federal Democratic Republic of Nepal, Kathmandu, where, on July 22, the First Political Consultation between the Ministries of Foreign Affairs of Georgia and Nepal were held on the level of deputy ministers. From Nepal's side, Mr. Shanker Das Bairagi, Foreign Secretary of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, headed the consultations. The Georgian delegation consisted of H.E. Mr. Archil Dzuliashvili, Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary of Georgia to Nepal (with residence in New Delhi), Mr. David Kereselidze, Director of the Department for Asia and Pacific Countries of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Georgia, Mr. Shiv Ratan Sharda, Honorary Consul of Georgia in Nepal, and Ms. Nana Gaprindashvili, Senior Counsellor of the Embassy of Georgia in New Delhi. Representatives of the Ministries of Foreign Affairs, Defense, Culture, Tourism and Civil Aviation of Nepal attended the consultations.
During the meeting, the sides discussed topical issues on the agenda of bilateral relations and multilateral co-operation, including the exchange of visits, development of the legal base and establishment of friendly relations between the legislative bodies, as well as the necessity of deepening cooperation in the spheres of trade and investment, agriculture, tourism, education and culture. The significance of celebrating the 15th Anniversary of the Establishment of Diplomatic Relations between the two countries in 2020 was emphasized. The sides also exchanged information about the situation in the regions of South Caucasus and South Asia.
Within the framework of the consultations, Mr. Alexander Khvtisiashvili and Mr. Shanker Das Bairagi signed an Agreement between the Government of Nepal and the Government of Georgia on Visa Exemption for Holders of Diplomatic and Official/Service Passports. At the meeting, books about Georgia were handed over to the Nepali Foreign Ministry, on behalf the Embassy of Georgia, for the Nepal National Library.
Mr. Alexander Khvtisiashvili held meetings with H.E. Mr. Pradeep Kumar Gyawali, Honorable Minister for Foreign Affairs of Nepal, during which the Minister reiterated the firm support of his country for Georgia's sovereignty and territorial integrity; and with Dr. Rajesh Kaji Shrestha, President of the Nepal Chamber of Commerce, during which a Memorandum of Understanding was signed between the Nepal Chamber of Commerce (NCC) and the Georgian Chamber of Commerce and Industry (GCCI).
On the same day, a reception dedicated to the Independence Day of Georgia and the official visit of the Deputy Minister of Foreign Affairs of Georgia, Mr. Alexander Khvtisiashvili, was held in the hotel "Marriott", on behalf of the Honorary Consul of Georgia, Mr. Shiv Ratan Sharda. The reception was attended by H.E. Mr. Pradeep Kumar Gyawali, Honorable Minister for Foreign Affairs of Nepal, as a guest of honour. Up to 200 guests, including Nepali Foreign Ministry officials, Honorary Consuls accredited in Nepal, and influential representatives of business circles were also present. The Honorary Consul of Georgia, Foreign Minister of Nepal and Deputy Foreign Minister of Georgia addressed the audience at the reception and talked about the existing close and cordial relations between Georgia and Nepal and the importance of their development.
Within the framework of the visit, the Georgian delegation also visited the International Centre for Integrated Mountain Development (ICIMOD) and the Godavari Knowledge Park under its operation.