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Address by Mr Khil Raj Regmi, Former Chairman of Council of Ministers and Former Chief Justice of Nepal in the Closing Ceremony of Nepal-­India Think Tank Summit, 2018

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Address by Mr. Khil Raj Regmi, Former Chairman of Council of Ministers and Former Chief Justice of Nepal in the Closing Ceremony of Nepal-­India Think Tank Summit, 2018, jointly organized by

Asian Institute of Diplomacy and International Affairs (AIDIA) and Nehru Memorial Museum Library (NMML)

31 July, 2018, Kathmandu, Nepal

 

 

  • Chair duo of the Ceremony Shri Shakti Sinha, Director of NMML and Sunil KC, CEO of AIDIA
  • His Excellency Manjeev Singh Puri, Ambassador of India to Nepal
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  • Excellencies, Distinguished Delegates
  • Media Persons, Ladies and Gentlemen

 

  1. It is my immense pleasure to be here at the Closing Ceremony of Nepal India Think Tank Summit, 2018, jointly organized by Asian Institute of Diplomacy and International Affairs (AIDIA) and Nehru Memorial Museum Library (NMML) in Kathmandu. At this ceremony, first of all, I would like to express sincere appreciation and thanks to the organizer for inviting me to this ceremony and providing an opportunity to address this intellectual forum. At the same time, I would like to take privilege to extend my warm welcome to all the distinguished delegates and participants arrived from India to participate in this Summit.
  2. Being here today in this special occasion, I have reminiscences of my previous various experiences of participating in important ceremonies organized in Nepal and India, regarding our distinguished bilateral relations and cooperation. I am encouraged to talk about the century long Nepal-India relations; which has been a matter of pride and happiness to both the countries. It is always worth sharing that Nepal and India shares a relatively unique bilateral relations. We know that the geography, culture and people to people bond are the determinant factor since time immemorial. The programs like this we are participating today are always significant to boost up the harmony and affection between the people and institutions of two countries.
  1. It is yet another matter of joy to know that this forum has brought well renowned think tanks, including scholars, diplomats, bureaucrats, academicians, politicians and other professionals from Nepal and India to quest on the issues of common concern. Sometimes ago, Nepal and India have jointly formed Eminent Person Group (EPG) to study and review our institutional and bilateral relations and generate constructive suggestions regarding the issues of common interests. In the given context, it can be believed that the Summit will further enhance the relationship between Nepal and India with relatively new dimensions. We can also have belief that our mutual co-existence and cooperation will get another avenue through cross cutting issues in this Summit. The most beautiful aspect of this Think Tank Summit is that it can generate constructive and concrete suggestions and opinions for the reform and better relationships in the days to come, ignoring all kinds of rumors and prejudices. Therefore, I, once again, would like to extend heartfelt congratulations and appreciation for hosting this significant assembly in the capital city of Nepal.

 Distinguished Delegates, Ladies and Gentlemen

  1. The relation of international nature; and more specifically, the inter-country relations in the neighborhood are always influenced by the factors concerning to the people and society. In this regard, Nepal and India have left each other’s intimacy to flourish in more informal manner. Formal official and diplomatic relationships are maintained with due protocol and state-level practices; whereas, the informal and grass root level connection of each other’s people is much determinant in the entire social, cultural and economic activities of each country. In the given context, Think Tank Summit of this kind provides opportunity to maintain cohesive and convenient environment for fostering sustainable relations and mutual co-existence.
  1. Nepal is currently in better socio-political situation than in the past. After the successful completion of all three tiers of elections last year in Nepal, we have been able to form stable government at the federal level, state level and local level. The constitution has ambition for the socio-economic transformation of the country, and the excitement and hope of the people has heightened. It can be believed that there are enough opportunities for Nepal and Nepalese people to move forward for the holistic development through our own will, passion and endeavors. However, we should realize that the development is never ending phenomena and it always demands cooperation of other actors as well. Nepal, being very closely associated with India, is much optimistic that there will be cooperation and coordination in the multiple factors of common interests of both the countries. Being optimistic that the days ahead are of much importance and filled with opportunities for the development of both the countries, I also, would like to call our learned think tanks to generate the best ideas of mutual cooperation between India and Nepal.
  1. Finally, I would like to congratulate organizers for their success to solemnize this august gathering of think tanks of both the countries in Kathmandu. I have a belief that the Summit has widely discussed on various cross-cutting issues of both the countries and have been able to further nurture our sustained ties and collaboration. I wish and look ahead for the continuity of these kinds of Summit in the days to come. I would like to thank the organizers once again for your success to assemble such valued think tanks in Nepal. Once again, I would like to thank all distinguished delegates and participants of the Summit and conclude my words here.
  1. Thank you for your kind attention.

 Published on 1 August 2018

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