Nations Congratulate Nepal President, India Delays
Nations congratulate Nepal for the republic's first persident Dr. Ram Baran Yadav, but India took some time to do the same.
The following are some congratulatory statements from some members of the world community (India, usually the first to react to new developments in Nepal, remained conspicuously silent for a while)
India Congratulates, Finally
Indian President Smt. Pratibha Devisingh Patil 's congratulatory message:
Your election as President represents a new chapter in Nepal's historic democratic transition…I am confident expressed confidence that the Himalayan country would progress further on the path of peace, democracy and development…As a close friend and neighbour, India remained steadfast in its commitment to support Nepal in this critical transition.. I look forward to working with you towards further strengthening the understanding and cooperation between our two countries… [Excerpted from news reports, July 24, 2008]
However, the official site of Smt. President Patil has not posted the congratulatory message yet.
Japan Congratulates First President and Vice President
Kathmandu, July 23, 2008: The following is the message issued by the Japanese embassy in Kathmandu:
Upon successful election of the first President, Dr. Ram Baran Yadav and Vice President, Mr. Paramanand Jha, the Government of Japan wishes to extend heartfelt congratulations to the people of Nepal. Japan always has a firm support to the democratization process, for peace and prosperity in the Republic of Nepal.
At this important juncture, Japan sincerely wishes that the peace process will succeed through the concerted efforts of all the political parties, and that the Republic of Nepal will attain long lasting peace, stability and democracy.
Japan is committed to assist the Republic of Nepal's efforts towards this goal, and also confident that the friendly and cooperative relations which exist between the two countries will be further enhanced in the days ahead.
China Congratulates Nepal
Foreign Ministry Spokesperson Liu Jianchao, ( said the following during a regular press briefing in Beijing, on July 22, 2008, thus:
We have noticed that the Constituent Assembly of Nepal has elected the first President and Vice President in history, and the Chinese side is happy to this and expresses its congratulations to the newly elected President Mr. Ram Yadav and Vice President Mr. Paramananda Jha. China, as good neighbor, good friend and good partner of Nepal, sincerely hopes that the peace process of Nepal could keep going ahead, and Nepal could realize political stability, economic development and ethnic unity as well.
A relevant news story here.
U.S. Congratulates CA and the People of Nepal on Election of a President
US Embassy, Kathmandu, July, 22, 2008 -- U.S. Embassy in Kathmandu issued the following statement:
The United States congratulates the members of the Constituent Assembly and the people of Nepal on the successful election of a President, Dr. Ram Baran Yadav. With a President, and a Vice President, duly elected, the Constituent Assembly can now undertake the next essential steps in the formation of a new government to provide the services and security the people deserve, and to begin the simultaneous work of drafting a new constitution.
New Delhi, July 23, 2008-- European Union Heads of Mission in Kathmandu on the first session of the Constituent Assembly meeting (a press release from the French embassy, local presidency of the EU):
European Union Heads of Mission in Kathmandu warmly congratulates the first President of the Federal Democratic Republic of Nepal, on his election on 21st July 2008, Right Honourable Dr Ram Varan YADAV. This is a historic day. It is a decisive moment the democratic process and building the stable, prosperous future that the people of Nepal justly deserve. The European Union assures the people of Nepal of their continuing support, to help them secure peace, democracy and development.
A related news story here.
United Nations, July 22, 2008 - Statement by the Spokesperson for Ban-Ki Moon, UN Secretary:
The Secretary-General warmly congratulates Dr. Ram Baran Yadav on his election as the first President of the Republic of Nepal. He calls on all parties to cooperate in forming a new Government which will carry forward Nepal’s peace process.
Posted by Editor on July 22, 2008 9:25 PM