Foreign Diplomats seek safety of their nationals visiting Nepal
KATHMANDU: At a time Nepal is making hard efforts to promote its tourism potentials to lure foreigners in the Himalayan Country, various foreign embassies have sought safety to their nationals visiting Nepal during natural disasters including earthquake along with preparedness for rescue.
Speaking at an interaction jointly organized by Nepal Tourism Board (NTB) and Himalayan Rescue Association Nepal (HRAN) in Kathmandu on Wednesday, Damien Dunn, first secretary of Australian Embassy, Patrick T McNeil, consul of US Embassy and Zhang Bing, first secretary of Chinese Embassy raised questions about safety of tourists in case of earthquake or other disasters in Nepal.
They have also requested NTB to felicitate rescue operation in Lukla during bad weather. Similarly addressing the program, officiating CEO of NTB Subash Nirola said that this was the right time to have such interaction with stakeholders as the goal is to ensure the safety and security of the tourists coming to Nepal, according to NTB.
Similarly, chairman of HRAN Shanta Subba outlined the efforts made by Himalayan Rescue Association in rescue operation.
NTB director Aditya Baral underlined the need for active role from the private sector to address the tourism-related problems as they are the ultimate beneficiary of tourism.
High-ranking officials from embassies of Australia, US, Switzerland, France, China, Israel, Russia, Denmark, Finland and Canada, and Consulate of New Zealand along with senior officials from the Ministry of Culture, Tourism and Civil Aviation, Ministry of Home Affairs, Nepal Police, Armed Police Force, and Civil Aviation Authority of Nepal attended the interaction.