Press Release

Press Release

At the cordial invitation of Honourable Mr. Narayan Kaji Shrestha, Deputy Prime Minister and Minister for Foreign Affairs of Nepal, Her Excellency Ms. KAMIKAWA Yoko, Minister for Foreign Affairs of Japan, arrived in Kathmandu today on an official visit to Nepal.

Upon arrival, Her Excellency Ms. KAMIKAWA was received by Foreign Secretary Ms. Sewa Lamsal at the VIP Lounge of Tribhuvan International Airport. H.E. Dr. Durga Bahadur Subedi, Ambassador of Nepal to Japan, Mr. Krishna Prasad Dhakal, Head of the North-East Asia Division, and other officials of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs were also present on the occasion.

Deputy Prime Minister and Minister for Foreign Affairs Honourable Mr. Narayan Kaji Shrestha held bilateral talks with the Minister for Foreign Affairs of Japan Her Excellency Ms. KAMIKAWA Yoko at the Ministry this afternoon. The two leaders reviewed the progress made in bilateral relations and cooperation so far and discussed the whole gamuts of bilateral relations to elevate economic and development cooperation as well as cultural and people-to-people relations in the days to come.

The two leaders held discussion on enhancing support and cooperation in Nepal’s major developmental priorities that include agriculture, hydro-power, infrastructure development, connectivity, export promotion, industrial production, foreign investment and tourism sectors, among others.

The matters discussed during the meeting included the role of Japan’s experience, knowledge, skill, and technology in multiple sectors including industrial development, agriculture, hydroelectricity, and infrastructure development in Nepal; including Japan’s assistance in Nepal’s flagship program to launch tunnel technology in developing road infrastructures.

As the Year 2026 will mark the 70th anniversary of the establishment of Nepal-Japan diplomatic relations, the leaders underscored the need to commemorate the milestone with high-level exchanges and various events. The both sides also discussed matters relating to enhancing cooperation between two countries at bilateral, regional as well as multilateral levels in the areas of mutual interest.

Her Excellency Ms. KAMIKAWA, the Minister for Foreign Affairs of Japan, paid courtesy calls on Right Honourable President of Nepal Mr. Ramchandra Paudel and Right Honourable Prime Minister of Nepal, Mr. Pushpa Kamal Dahal ‘Prachanda’. Matters relating to further strengthening the bilateral relations, development cooperation, and mutual interest were discussed on the occasion.

In the evening, Honourable Deputy Prime Minister and Minister for Foreign Affairs Mr. Narayan Kaji Shrestha hosted a dinner in honour of Her Excellency the Foreign Minister of Japan.

Her Excellency Ms. KAMIKAWA Yoko, Minister for Foreign Affairs of Japan, is scheduled to depart from Kathmandu tonight.

Ministry of Foreign Affairs
Singha Durbar
Kathmandu, Nepal
5 May 2024