NA Chairman, Australian envoy discuss direct flights between two countries


By A Staff Reporter, Kathmandu, Sept. 19: Chairman of the National Assembly, Ganesh Prasad Timilsina, and Australian Ambassador to Nepal, Felicity Volk have discussed operating direct flight services between Nepal and Australia. 

More than 130,000 Nepalis are living in Australia. 

Stating that there are a large number of Nepalis involved in various professions and businesses along with students, Chairman Timilsina emphasised that both countries can benefit from it if direct air flights can be operated between Australia and Nepal.

Bilateral interests, friendly relations and high-level visits were discussed in the meeting held at the Chairman's Office at the Singha Durbar on Monday.

According to the secretariat of Chairman Timilsina, during the meeting, he mentioned that since the establishment of diplomatic relations in 1960, Nepal and Australia have had a very harmonious and cooperative relationship. 

He said that Australia has become an attractive educational destination for many Nepali students and said that if the number of scholarships given to Nepali students is increased, many students could benefit from it.

Ambassador Volk said that there are more than 130,000 Nepalis living in Australia and informed that Nepali language is the third most spoken language in Canberra.

She said that Nepal is a high priority for Australia and informed about the visit of the Speaker of the House of Representatives of Australia to Nepal in October. 

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