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Oct 26, 2021

Tree plantation organized to mark 61st Israel-Nepal diplomatic ties

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Minister for Education, Science and Technology Devendra Paudel (right) along with Israeli Ambassador (left) taking part at “Tree Plantation Program” being organized by Embassy of Israel in Nepal along with Shalom Club at National Martyrs and Peace Park (Rastriya Shahid Tatha Shanti Udhyan) located at Ward No. 4 of Gokarneshwor Municipality today- 26 October 2021 Tuesday. Photo Israeli Embassy.
Minister for Education, Science and Technology Devendra Paudel (right) along with Israeli Ambassador (left) taking part at “Tree Plantation Program” being organized by Embassy of Israel in Nepal along with Shalom Club at National Martyrs and Peace Park (Rastriya Shahid Tatha Shanti Udhyan) located at Ward No. 4 of Gokarneshwor Municipality today- 26 October 2021 Tuesday. Photo Israeli Embassy.

The Embassy of Israel together with Shalom Club Nepal organized “Tree Plantation Program” at National Martyrs and Peace Park (Rastriya Shahid Tatha Shanti Udhyan) Nijamati (Smarak) located at Ward N.o 4 of Gokarneshwor Municipality today- 26 October 2021.

To mark the 61 years of diplomatic ties between Nepal and Israel, trees were planted in the park, as a symbolic act of celebrating nature, goodness and promoting ecological awareness, reads the press statement of the Embassy of Israel in Kathmandu.  

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The Shalom Clubs around the world is a forum of MASHAV- Israel’s Agency for International Development Cooperation- graduates (alumni) participate in professional and social activities.

MASHAV began to provide training courses in the early 70s on various subjects including science and technology, education, early childhood development, agriculture, media, public administration, entrepreneurship development, and cooperatives in Israel.

MASHAV maintains contact with many of its over 200,000 alumni through its network of over 70 Shalom Clubs worldwide.

It is also learnt that over 2,000 Nepalis have graduated from MASHAV courses. Also, over 3,000 have acquired agricultural technology knowhow. After returning from training they are making “bread and butter” satisfactorily from agriculture in Nepal.

Chief guest at the function, Minister for Education, Science and Technology Devendra Paudel informed that as the budget that has been allocated for the further development of the park, within short days, the park would be turned into an exemplary centre for Nepalis and foreigners.

Minister for Education, Science and Technology Devendra Paudel inaugurated a tree plantation programme being organized by the Embassy of Israel at National Martyrs and Peace Park of Gokarneshwor Municipality today- 26 October 2021 Tuesday. Photo Israeli Embassy.

Ambassador of Israel to Nepal Hanan Goder said, “The Embassy of Israel appreciates Shalom Club’s efforts for preserving the environment and supporting the community.”

Mayor of Gokarneswor Municipality Santosh Chalise said, “The park being a historic place surrounded by touristic spots the park has been facilitating over 5000 people who come for morning and evening walks and do exercises.”

Shalom Club President Dr. Bim Prasad Shrestha said, “The Shalom Club Nepal feels honored to work with the close cooperation of the Embassy of Israel in Nepal.

Chairperson of the Park Sudarsan Sigdel delivered a vote of thanks, said the release.

The Embassy is hopeful to spread a message that trees are vital; the roots of living and it’s a responsibility of each individual to take care of our natural world for the better today and tomorrow.

Minister for Education, Science and Technology Devendra Paudel with Israeli Ambassador and other distinguished personalities at the tree plantation program on Tuesday. Photo Israel Embassy

It is to note that the diplomatic relations between Nepal and Israel was established on 1 June 1960 during the premiership of BP Koirala, the first people elected prime minister of Nepal at the initiation of the two great leaders the Prime Ministers of Israel and Nepal David Ben Gurion and B.P. Koirala respectively.

The Plantation Program was followed by the visiting of B.P. Koirala Museum ‘Sundarijal Bandigriha.’

Ambassador Hanan Goder along with the Embassy staff and Shalom Club Members visited B.P. Koirala Museum.

Nepali Congress CWC member Ms. Sujata Koirala also presented at the event.

A tree was also planted at the premises of BP Museum as a symbol to mark the event.

“Israel will never forget Nepal was the first and the only country from South Asia that tied know of relationships with Israel at the time.

Thus, Ambassador Goder appreciated late B.P. Koirala was a great leader and a good friend of Israel.