United Nations Secretary-General Antonio Guterres commended Nepal as a dedicated promoter of peace and a steadfast advocate of multilateralism during his address to a joint session of the Federal Parliament in Kathmandu. This marked his second visit to the country, where he expressed enduring admiration for Nepal’s rich culture, civilization, and warm hospitality.
Secretary-General Guterres reminisced about his initial trip to Nepal in 1978 and emphasized the special place Nepal holds in his heart. He mentioned how the message of peace from Lumbini, the birthplace of Lord Buddha, has had a profound impact on him.
Despite his appreciation for Nepal, Guterres did not shy away from addressing recent tragic events in Israel. He expressed deep sorrow over the loss of innocent lives in the ongoing conflict, highlighting the importance of peace for all nations. He offered heartfelt condolences to the families of Nepali students who tragically lost their lives in a recent Hamas attack in Israel.
“Thousands of miles away, Nepal has also been affected by the recent violence in Israel. I extend my deepest sympathies to the families of the Nepali students who lost their lives in the militant attack,” he stated. “My thoughts and prayers are with them during this difficult time. Additionally, I hope for the safe return of Bipin Joshi, who is currently missing.”
Following Secretary-General Guterres’ speech, the Federal Parliament passed a resolution extending gratitude to the Secretary-General for his visit and his commitment to global peace and diplomacy.