“Guests are treated as gods in our country” the Nepalese Ambassador Dr Durga Bahadur Subedi said on his first Constitution Day in London – and the garden party, with a Nepalese BBQ and music, certainly proved it. This year the Nepalese go to the polls, marking a final milestone in Nepal’s transition to democracy. The Ambassador thanked Britain for its support during the political transformation and for assisting Nepal after the devastating earthquake, a testimony to more than two centuries of enduring friendship.
Guest of Honour, Owen Jenkins, Britain’s special envoy to Nepal, said: “We are there for the long term,” pledging continued British cooperation in all fields, “from economic development to education to international security”.
The Gurkhas, who serve alongside British soldiers, embody this friendship said the Ambassador and the event included a ceremony to congratulate the Gurkhas Everest Expedition Team who reached the summit in May, symbolising a “peak of friendship between Nepal and Great Britain,” he concluded.
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