Bilateral Relations Indonesia – Nepal

Diplomatic relations between Indonesia and Nepal was officially established in 1960, although relations between the two countries certainly has begun when Nepal participated in the Asia-Africa Conference in 1955 in Bandung, Indonesia, which paved the way for formation of Non-Aligned  Movement.

Since then, relations between Indonesia and Nepal continue to grow stronger. The late King Birendra visited Indonesia as Crown Prince in 1964, and the late King Mahindra also visited in 1971. Mr. Mochtar Kusumaatmadja, Foreign Minister of Indonesia visited Nepal in 1981 to attend the coronation of His Majesty the King Birendra Bir Bikram Shah Dev representing the President of Indonesia, and his predecessor Mr. Adam Malik visited Nepal twice in 1970 and 1975. The late Prime Minister Girija Prasad Koirala visited Indonesia in 1992 to attend the 10th Non-Aligned  Movement (NAM) Summit, and the then King Gyanendra and Queen Komal visited Indonesia on April 20-23, 2005 to attend the Asian-African Summit in Jakarta. Recently, in November 2012 Deputy Prime Minister/Foreign Minister of Nepal Mr. Narayan Kaji Shreshta ‘Prakash’ participated in Bali Democracy Forum V on the level of head of government, while earlier, in October 2012 Deputy Prime Minister/Home Minister Nepal Mr. Bijay Kumar Gachhedar participated in the 5th Asian Ministerial Conference on Disaster Risk Reduction, held in Yogyakarta.

Cooperation between the two nations is further nurtured through common memberships in G-77, Non-Aligned Movement (NAM), Centre on Integrated Rural Development for Asia and the Pacific (CIRDAP) as well as in other international organizations within or outside the United Nations framework. Commercial relations also continue to develop and strengthen economic ties between the two countries. In 2011, the total trade value between Nepal and Indonesia has reached a new height with US$ 115 million. To further assist development of bilateral relations between Indonesia and Nepal, especially in economic and cultural field, in 2010 Indonesia has appointed an Honorary Consul in Kathmandu.

Every year Indonesia also offers scholarship programs for Nepali youth, which consist of one-year Non-Degree program of Darmasiswa RI Scholarship; and 3-year Master Degree program of Full Scholarship in the framework of Developing Countries Partnership (Kemitraan Negara Berkembang/KNB). Indonesia offers as well a range of training programs in various fields as a part of our technical cooperation with Nepal.

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