Tourism and Aviation: The Key Areas for Vietnam – Nepal Collaboration

In Hanoi on December 16, Phan Anh Son, President of the Viet Nam Union of Friendship Organizations (VUFO), was visited by a delegation from the Nepal Peace and Solidarity Council (NPSC) headed by Rabindra Adhikari, a member of the Executive Committee of the Communist Party of Nepal Unified Marxist–Leninist (CPN-UML) and Chairman of the Nepal Peace and Solidarity Council.

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President of the Viet Nam Union of Friendship Organizations Phan Anh Son received the delegation of the Nepal Peace and Solidarity Council. (Photo: Dinh Hoa)

Phan Anh Son expressed that both NPSC and Vietnam share common visions of development, ideology, communism, and socialism. Recognizing the significance of people-to-people diplomacy as a foundation for bilateral relations, Phan Anh Son aims to enhance people-to-people exchange activities between Vietnam and Nepal. VUFO and the Vietnam – Nepal Friendship Association must foster connections with Nepali partners, particularly NPSC, to achieve tangible cooperation.

The two sides should propose collaboration between the Ministry of Culture, Sports and Tourism of Vietnam and its Nepali counterpart to encourage more Vietnamese travelers to choose Nepal as a tourist destination. Additionally, the two sides should consider the establishment of diplomatic representative offices in each other’s territories.

Rabindra Adhikari expressed the admiration of the Nepali people for President Ho Chi Minh and Vietnam’s struggle for independence, as well as its national development and construction process. The Chairman of the Nepal Peace and Solidarity Council hopes to enhance relations between the two countries through initiatives such as direct flights, tourism cooperation (particularly religious tourism), and stronger investment and trade relations.

The two sides agreed to continue exchanging information and exploring specific cooperation options and activities to further promote people-to-people exchanges between Vietnam and Nepal.

Nguyen Trong Kien, Head of the Department of Southeast Asia – South Asia – South Pacific, Vietnam Communist Party Central Committee’s Commission for External Relations received the delegation of the Nepal Peace and Solidarity Council. (Photo: Valerie Mai)

On the same day, the delegation of the Nepal Peace and Solidarity Council had a working session with Nguyen Trong Kien, Head of the Department of Southeast Asia – South Asia – South Pacific, Vietnam Communist Party Central Committee’s Commission for External Relations. The two sides discussed the situations of their respective parties and explored potential cooperation to further strengthen Vietnam – Nepal relations in the future.

Nguyen Trong Kien emphasized that the Communist Party of Vietnam values its relationship with the Communist Party of Nepal Unified Marxist–Leninist, recognizing its role and position in Nepali politics. He hopes to enhance collaboration activities, exchange delegations, and improve mutual understanding and trust between the two parties.

Rabindra Adhikari highlighted that despite the geographical distance, Vietnam and Nepal share similar ideals and perspectives. He aims to strengthen cooperation and information exchange with the Communist Party of Vietnam, thereby promoting tourism, trade investment, and facilitating direct flights and the establishment of diplomatic representative offices in both countries.

Valerie Mai