DiplomaticQuarter: Embassy hosts celebration of Nepal’s National Day in Riyadh

Nepalese Ambassador Dr. Mahendra Prasad Singh Rajput with Riyadh Gov. Prince Faisal bin Bandar in the capital city. (AN photo)
Updated 04 October 2018

DiplomaticQuarter: Embassy hosts celebration of Nepal’s National Day in Riyadh

  • Acknowledging the cooperation between the Kingdom and Nepal in a number of fields, the ambassador said he is happy that the two countries have enjoyed excellent relations

Riyadh Gov. Prince Faisal bin Bandar was the chief guest at a special celebration of Nepal’s National Day hosted by the Nepalese Embassy.

The event, at the Cultural Palace in Riyadh’s diplomatic quarter, began with the national anthems of Nepal and Saudi Arabia. Then Dr. Mahendra Prasad Singh Rajput, ambassador of Nepal to Saudi Arabia, welcomed the guests — including senior Saudi officials, diplomats, business leaders, embassy staff and members of the Nepalese community — and highlighted the importance of Nepal’s Constitution Day, which is celebrated as the country’s National Day.

Acknowledging the cooperation between the Kingdom and Nepal in a number of fields, the ambassador said he is happy that the two countries have enjoyed excellent relations since they established diplomatic ties four decades ago, and pledged his commitment to further developing and strengthening the relationship.

Rajput thanked the Saudi government for its support for and cooperation with the socioeconomic development of Nepal. He also emphasized the role of Nepalese workers in the development of Saudi Arabia, along with the contribution they make in supporting the economy in their home country.

During a conversation with the ambassador, Prince Faisal congratulated Nepal and the Nepalese people and expressed his satisfaction with bilateral relations between the two countries.

The embassy also used the occasion to promote Nepal’s tourism industry and culture, handing out brochures to guests. In addition, a documentary about the country’s main tourist attractions was screened, featuring the country’s art, cultural heritage, geographical splendor and adventure-tourism activities. Guests were also able to sample traditional Nepalese food and drink, including organic tea and noodles.


Saudi Arabia's envoy to UK: We won’t allow Iran to meddle in region 

Updated 25 January 2020

Saudi Arabia's envoy to UK: We won’t allow Iran to meddle in region 

  • “You cannot give in to a country like Iran because they will see it as a sign of weakness,” Prince Khalid said
  • The ambassador encouraged people to visit his country before forming an opinion of it

LONDON: Riyadh does not seek conflict with Tehran but will not let “Iran’s meddling in the region” go unchecked, said the Saudi ambassador to Britain. 
“We do not seek conflict. We do not seek escalation. We have always been supporters of taking a firm stand against Iran. Our issue is not with the people of Iran, it is with the regime running the country,” Prince Khalid bin Bandar bin Sultan told the Daily Telegraph. 
“But we do not believe in appeasement. At no point in history has appeasement proved to be a successful strategy. You cannot give in to a country like Iran because they will see it as a sign of weakness.”
France, Germany and the UK, three of the signatories to the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA), triggered a “dispute resolution mechanism” recently in response to Iran ramping up its nuclear program in violation of the deal.
Prince Khalid criticized the JCPOA because it does not address “all the other things that Iran” is doing in the region.
“Iran’s meddling in the region is as challenging as the nuclear program. This is why we were concerned with the nuclear deal,” he said.
The ambassador also touched on recent allegations that Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman was involved in hacking the phone of Amazon CEO Jeff Bezos.
“It is very easy for people to throw these unsubstantiated allegations against Saudi Arabia because they know that it is very difficult for Riyadh to defend itself when it does not have proper access to the details,” Prince Khalid said.
“We need to see the evidence before we make any response, because the evidence made public so far is circumstantial at best.”
Saudis do not always represent themselves well because they are “a reticent people and our culture does not push us to talking about ourselves,” he said. “We need to do a better job on showing the world who we really are.” 
The ambassador, who was appointed last year, encouraged people to visit his country before forming an opinion of it. 
“There are a lot of misconceptions about Saudi Arabia. We want people to come and see Saudi Arabia for themselves, and not rely on what they have read somewhere or heard somewhere to form their opinion of the country,” he said.
“There is plenty to see, and you will find a warm, generous and hospitable people there waiting to greet you.”