Minister Mahat urges Australian counterpart to set up visa section in NepalPosted 11 months ago by Sandeep Bhattarai
Minister for Foreign Affairs, who is currently in an official visit to Australia, placed a request to Australian Foreign Affairs Minister Julie Bishop to establish a ‘visa centre’ in the Australian Embassy in Kathmandu.
During the meeting between the two ministers held in the Australian capital of Canberra on Thursday, Minister Mahat drew the attention of his Australian counterpart towards the problems facing the Nepalis in obtaining visa for Australia as it is issued from the Australian Embassy in New Delhi, India.
On the occasion, the two ministers held the talks on various matters of mutual interests and bilateral cooperation, according to Minister Mahat’s public relations and press coordinator Yekraj Pathak.
Minister Mahat, who reached Australia on Wednesday, held a meeting with Minister Bishop at her office in the Australian Parliament House.
Minister Mahat, at the ministerial level meeting taking place between Nepal and Australia after so long time, extended his thankfulness to the government of Australia for the development assistance to Nepal.
Furthermore, he also expressed his gratitude to the government of Australia and people there for their support during the rescue and relief operation following the Gorkha Earthquake in April last year.
In response regarding the visa matter, Minister Bishop pledged that she will look into the matter and hold consultations with the concerned Department to arrive at appropriate decision.
Expressing her interest in the post-quake reconstruction efforts in Nepal, Minister Bishop reaffirmed her commitment to mull increasing assistance to Nepal in various sectors.
Referencing Australian government’s economic and technical support to Nepal, the Australian Minister acknowledged that it was a positive development at people-to-people level that the number of Nepali students studying in Australia was increasing lately and Australian students, although in a small number were going to Nepal for research and further studies.
Minister Mahat also urged the Australian government to continue with its assistance to Nepal. The Australian government has been extending its support to Nepal in the sector of hydro electricity, livelihood, community forest, education and technology.
On the occasion, Minister Mahat extended invitation to his Australian counterpart for an official visit to Nepal.
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