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Kathmandu: British Prime Minister Rishi Sunak on Tuesday has highlighted the strong ties of Nepal and the UK, remembering the King Charles trekking in the foothills of the Himalayas as a young Prince, to academic alliances and to the huge contribution that the Nepali diaspora makes in the UK.

Delivering his remarks at a reception he hosted at Number 10 Downing Street on May 20 to celebrate 100 years of the Nepal-UK Treaty of Friendship, Prime Minister Sunak expressed tributes to the Gurkhas, which he described as the greatest symbol of Nepal-UK friendship, and a proof that the bond is truly unique, 

Paying tributes to their courage, loyalty, and sacrifice, PM Sunak said the service of the Gurkhas is a reminder of the deep ties between the two nations, and a promise that those ties would continue to endure.

Describing the UK and Nepal as partners in fighting climate change, PM Sunak also said that the support worth £400 million is expected to help Nepal capitalize on its strengths, including its people and its potential for clean energy and to overcome challenges posed by disasters.

Luminaries of the Nepal-UK relationship including parliamentarians, Nepali actor Manisha Koirala, Gurkhas, mountaineers such as Hari Budha, civil society members and members of the Nepali diaspora attended the event. 

Addressing the reception, Nepali Ambassador to the UK, Gyan Chandra Acharya said, “in Nepal, we celebrated the treaty in the historic room at Singha Durbar State Hall, where it was signed a hundred years ago. “We take it as a fitting finale of the commemoration here, first of its kind for Nepal at the official residence of the Prime Minister,” he added.

A copy of the original treaty signed at Singha Darbar in Kathmandu was also displayed in the event.