Media Statement

13 March 2022

South Africa and Nepal sign new agreement

The Acting Director-General of the Department of International Relations and Cooperation, Ambassador Nonceba Losi, and the Foreign Secretary of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Nepal, Mr Bharat Raj Paudyal, signed a Declaration of Intent on Cooperation between the Republic of South Africa and Nepal on Thursday, 10 March 2022 in Pretoria, South Africa.

The Declaration of Intent on Cooperation is a bilateral instrument which regularises and supports bilateral cooperation between the two countries. The visit by Foreign Secretary, HE Mr Bharat Raj Paudyal, coincided with the inaugural session of Bilateral Consultations hosted by South Africa at Senior Officials level. The Bilateral Consultations explored measures to promote trade, investment, tourism, education and the fostering of closer people-to-people contact between South Africa and Nepal.

Furthermore, the bilateral discussions also explored cooperation within the multilateral sphere, focussing on issues such as peacekeeping, climate change and the COVID-19 pandemic. South Africa and Nepal share historic bonds of friendship and shared values that translate into a close bilateral partnership and significant opportunities to cooperate within multilateral organisations.

ISSUED BY THE DEPARTMENT OF INTERNATIONAL RELATIONS AND COOPERATION

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