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Vidushi Rana appointed honorary consul of Iceland; new consulate premises inaugurated in Kathmandu

KATHMANDU: Today marked a significant milestone in Nepal-Iceland relations with the inauguration of the new Consulate premises in Kathmandu and the celebration of Vidushi Rana’s appointment as the new Honorary Consul of the Republic of Iceland in Nepal. The event, held at the Hotel Yak and Yeti, attracted distinguished personalities and dignitaries from various sectors, highlighting the importance of this diplomatic achievement.

The event was honored by the presence of Honorable Minister of Industry, Commerce, and Supplies, Damodar Bhandari, who attended as the Chief Guest. His Excellency Gudni Bragason, Ambassador of the Republic of Iceland, participated as a Special Guest, underscoring the strengthening bilateral relations between Nepal and Iceland.

Prominent figures such as Honorable Deputy Speaker of the House, Ms. Indira Rana Magar, showcased the event’s significance within Nepal’s legislative and judicial spheres. The event witnessed the attendance of numerous Honorable Members of Parliament and various Excellencies Ambassadors, emphasizing the diplomatic weight of the occasion. Top officials, including the Chief of Nepal Police and the Chief of the Armed Police Force, also marked their presence.

Local governance and business communities were well-represented, with the President of the Confederation of Nepalese Industries (CNI) and the President of the Chamber of Commerce among the attendees. This highlights the broad support and recognition from both governmental and non-governmental sectors. The event drew a crowd of more than 300 attendees, including Honorary Consuls, dignitaries, government officials, and other notable personalities, reflecting the broad interest and support for the new Consulate and Mrs. Vidushi Rana’s appointment.

Vidushi Rana, in her capacity as the new Honorary Consul, expressed her gratitude and commitment to fostering stronger relations between Nepal and Iceland. She highlighted the mutual benefits of enhanced diplomatic and economic ties and looked forward to her role in promoting cultural and commercial exchanges between the two nations. “I am honored to take on this role and committed to strengthening the bond between our two countries,” said Mrs. Rana. “Together, we can enhance our diplomatic interactions and foster mutually beneficial economic and cultural partnerships.”

The inauguration of the new Consulate premises in Kathmandu signifies a new chapter in Nepal-Iceland relations, aimed at facilitating smoother diplomatic interactions and promoting bilateral cooperation. His Excellency Gudni Bragason, Ambassador of Iceland, emphasized the significance of this step, stating, “The establishment of this Consulate is a testament to the growing friendship and cooperation between Iceland and Nepal. We look forward to many collaborative efforts in the future.”

The event concluded with a reception, allowing guests to network and discuss future collaborative opportunities. The ambiance was one of optimism and excitement for the prospects of Nepal-Iceland relations.

This momentous occasion marks a significant step in Nepal’s diplomatic engagements, fostering goodwill and a closer relationship with Iceland. The new Consulate in Kathmandu is expected to play a pivotal role in promoting not only diplomatic but also cultural and commercial exchanges, enhancing the bilateral relationship between the two nations.

As Nepal and Iceland continue to explore new avenues for collaboration, the presence of an active Honorary Consul like Vidushi Rana is seen as a promising development. Her appointment is anticipated to bring fresh energy and innovative approaches to the partnership, benefiting both countries in various spheres.

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