Concluding their visit on Friday, the British Group of the Inter-Parliamentary Union (BGIPU) deemed their stay an ‘exceptionally valuable visit at an important time for Nepal’.
Leader of the Conservative Party and Chair of the Britain-Nepal All Party Group in the British Parliament, Sir John Stanley said: “We have had an exceptionally valuable visit here. We had extensive discussions relating to Nepal’s constitution which we wish you well in finalising at an early date.”
Stanley led the four member delegation.
The delegation was deeply impressed by the improvements in the lives of people in Nepal, achieved by both the UK’s Department for International Development and the Gurkha Welfare Scheme in conjunction with the Government of Nepal, said a statement issued by the British Embassy in Kathmandu.
The delegation had meetings with President Ram Baran Yadav, Speaker Subhas Nembang, Deputy Prime Minister Bam Dev Gautam, Foreign Minister Mahendra Bahadur Pandey, Finance Minister Ram Sharan Mahat and Commerce Minister
The delegation also met members of all the major political parties including UCPN (Maoist) senior leader Baburam Bhattarai, the business community,
academicians, Ex-Gurkha servicemen and human rights and discrimination activists.
Outside Kathmandu, the BGIPU delegation saw a wide range of UK Government Department for International Development projects, and the Gurkha Welfare Scheme projects within the Valley and Pokhara working in areas that included forestry, water, health, emergency relief following the natural disasters, skills training, and women and children rights.
“As celebrations for a second century of continuous relations between Britain and Nepal approaches, we send the Parliament of Nepal and the country’s citizens
our warmest good wishes for their country’s future stability and prosperity,” the statement said.