Kathmandu : Nepal and Uzbekistan have established formal diplomatic relations .
The Permanent Representatives of Nepal and Uzbekistan to the United Nations, signed a joint communique to this effect in New York recently.
Nepal and Uzbekistan are working closely at the United Nations and other multilateral forums, including as fellow members of the Group of Landlocked Developing Countries as well as the Non-Aligned Movement ,according to a release issued by MOFA Nepal.
A landlocked country of about 32 million people, Uzbekistan is known for having the world’s fourth largest gold deposits as well as rich oil and gas reserves. It is the largest electricity producer and a major cotton producer in the region.
It possesses diverse cultural heritages with cities like Bukhara and Samarkand that flourished from old Silk Road trade. Its capital city is Tashkent.
A former Soviet Republic, Uzbekistan joined the United Nations on 2 March 1992 and is today a secular, unitary constitutional republic.
Similarly , Nepal and Benin established formal bilateral diplomatic relations Nepal recently .
Benin is a tropical country in Western Africa with a population of nearly 11 million (2016) in an area of 114,763 sq.km. It is bordered by Nigeria and Togo to the east and west respectively and serves as a transit country to Burkina Faso and Niger to the Gulf of Guinea in the South Atlantic Ocean.
Benin is one of Africa’s most stable democracies and one of Africa’s largest cotton producers, and a champion of South-South Cooperation. Formerly known as Dahomey, Benin is also known for practicing voodoo religion.
Both Nepal and Benin are least developed countries, and members of the Group of 77 as well as the Non-Aligned Movement. Benin chaired the Group of LDCs from 2013-2015, succeeding Nepal (2010-2012) according to MOFA.
Benin joined the United Nations on 20 September 1960, following its independence from France on 1 August 1960.
The number of countries with which Nepal has bilateral diplomatic relations has now reached 158.
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