Kathmandu, Jan 8: Israeli Minister for Agriculture and Rural Development Yair Shamir arrived here today on a two-day official visit to Nepal to take stock of constitution writing, discuss ways and means to further cement bilateral ties and take Israel-Nepal relations to an unprecedented level. He and his delegation was welcomed by high officials at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and the Israeli Ambassador to Nepal Mr Yaron Mayer at the Tribhuvan International Airport.Minister Shamir, leading a 12-member delegation that comprises high officials from the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Agriculture and Rural Development and business leaders, is scheduled to hold bilateral meetings with his counterpart Hari Prasad Parajuli and Minister for Supplies Sunil Bahadur Thapa today.
While in Nepal, he will call on President Ram Baran Yadav, Prime Minister Sushil Koirala and Minister for Foreign Affairs Mahendra Bahadur Pandey, separately. Nepal and Israel have been enjoying warm and cordial relations ever since the establishment of diplomatic relations on June 1, 1960. Ever since the establishment of full-fledged Israeli residential mission in Kathmandu in 1961, the envoys have been consistently extending every possible support to increase economic cooperation.Nepal and Israel have been working closely and cooperatively in the areas of common interests and mutual concern in addition to strengthening relations in bilateral, regional and multilateral levels.