MPs, Peers, civil society, business leaders and British-Nepali’s welcome Sher Bahadur Deuba to the UK for COP26 with a gala dinner in his honour.
In a gala dinner at the Naval and Military Club, between Mayfair and Westminster, Nepalese Prime Minister Sher Bahadur Deuba was welcomed to the UK and feted for his role in building Nepal’s future.
Surrounded by dignitaries from politics and business the evening began with a reception and concluded with a dinner. The dinner was hosted by Virendra Sharma MP, the Chair of the Nepal All-Party Parliamentary Group, who introduced the Prime Minister on stage. The dinner was made possible by the generosity of Ravi Jung Lamichhane and Mahanta Bahadur Shrestha, who were present at the dinner, thanked by the audience and welcomed the Prime Minister with garlands.
Speaking to introduce the Prime Minister, Virendra Sharma MP said, “The new government settlement and constitution, after years of civil war in Nepal, has set Nepal on its own self decided course. Prime Minister it was your leadership that made that possible, you have been fundamental to the position that Nepal is in today. Your legacy is assured, and yet you continue to strive for the people of Nepal and for the good of the country. I thank you for your service to both countries.”
The Prime Minister thanked those present for their attendance and congratulated the UK and Nepal on their continued friendship. The Prime Minister outlined his belief in the strength of the relationship between the two countries, and his hopes for the future.
The Lord Sheikh, Lord Lancaster and Catherine West MP, Shadow Foreign Office Minister, also spoke to welcome the Prime Minister and to toast the Nepal-UK relationship. In the audience, amongst others, were Andrew Rosindell MP, Sharon Hodgson MP close aide to Leader of the Opposition Keir Starmer MP, Fleur Anderson MP, Matthew Offord MP, Navendu Mishra MP, Nick Smith MP, Baroness Chapman, Lord Popat, Lord Balfe and others.
In more than 200 years the UK and Nepal have stood together as allies, this gala dinner highlighted that the relationship is as healthy as ever before. The Prime Minister Boris Johnson was unable to attend, but issued his best wishes for the dinner, and announced he was looking forward to meeting Sher Bahadur Deuba in Glasgow for COP26.