Nepal likely to set up embassy next year

Muscat - 

A team of Nepal officials who visited Oman recently has recommended the opening of an embassy here. Until now, Nepalese living in Oman had to depend on their embassy in Saudi Arabia for consular services.

Two officials from Nepal's embassy in Saudi Arabia - Sagar Phuiyal, second secretary and Umesh Mudvari, labour attaché - recently visited Oman to study the possibilities of setting up an embassy here.

Talking to Muscat Daily on phone from Riyadh, Mudvari said, “We studied the situation and have found that there are ample reasons for us to have an embassy in Oman. There are more than 40,000 Nepalese in Oman and hence an embassy is needed at the earliest to cater to their needs.”

He said the team has written to their government in Nepal as well to the Government of Oman in this regard and 'things are expected to work out by next year'.

The Non-Resident Nepali Association (NRNA) has been lobbying for an embassy here for the past few years to look after the interests of the fast-growing Nepalese community.

Tikaram Dhakal, president of NRNA, said, “We face a lot of problems as we do not have an embassy here. All paperwork has to be done through the country’s embassy in Saudi Arabia.

Couriering documents is quite expensive. One single courier costs RO55 if sent through urgent service while the normal courier costs no less than RO10.” Not only this, after dispatching the documents one needs to constantly call the embassy for follow-up action, he said.

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