Nepal and the Sultanate of Oman have signed a Memorandum of Understanding on establishing a bilateral consultation mechanism between their Ministries of Foreign Affairs.
The MoU was signed at Muscat, the capital of Oman yesterday on the occasion of the official visit of Prime Minister Sher Bahadur Deuba to the Gulf country. Deputy Prime Minister and Minister for Foreign Affairs Krishna Bahadur Mahara witnessed the signing ceremony.
Ambassador of Nepal to Oman, Ms. Sarmila Parajuli Dhakal and Head of West Asia Department at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Oman, Shiekh Hilah Marhoon Al-Mammari signed the MoU on behalf of the respective governments.
As Nepal and the Sultanate of Oman have been marking the 40th anniversary of the establishment of bilateral relations this year, the conclusion of the MoU reflects the determination of the two governments to enhance and activate different fields of cooperation, particularly on economic, cultural, technological, scientific and educational relations.
The MoU provides that bilateral meetings will be organized on annual basis or as deemed necessary, alternately in Muscat and in Kathmandu. The MoU comes into force from the date of its signature for a period of five years and is automatically renewable for similar periods.
Earlier had held an interactions with Nepali working in Oman. Speaking on the occasion Prime Minister Deuba said that the remittance sent home by the Nepalis working abroad has provided big support to the country's economy. Thus, overseas employment will be made reliable, respectable and safe through appropriate legislation.
Stating that the country would move forward towards the path of economic development after all the elections are held with the full implementation of the constitution, he said the Nepalis should not forget Nepal where ever they might be.
Speaking at the programme Minister for Labour and Employment Farmullah Mansur said he was working to making the foreign employment dignified and systematized by ending the anomalies seen in the sector.
During his stay in Oman PM Deuba also toured to some historic sites including Nizwa Souq Fort at Nizwa.
Meanwhile, Prime Minister Deuba and members of his delegation are returning to Kathmandu today completing the 3-day official visit to the Sultanate of Oman following the 72nd UNGA participation.