Enhanced Security and Decorations Set for Qatari Emir's Arrival in Nepal

Tue, Apr 23, 2024 1:47 PM on Latest, National,

Kathmandu, the capital of Nepal, is gearing up for a warm reception for Sheikh Tamim bin Hamad Al Thani, the Emir of Qatar, who is due to arrive this afternoon for a state visit at the invitation of President Ramchandra Paudel. This two-day visit will see the city adorned with welcome gates and banners along major roads and intersections, celebrating the arrival of the esteemed guest from Qatar.

The Kathmandu Metropolitan City Office has been busy cleaning and decorating the routes from Tribhuvan International Airport to key locations such as Tinkune, New Baneshwor, Babarmahal, Tripureshwor, Kalimati, Jamal, and Lainchaur. Nabin Manandhar, the spokesperson for the Kathmandu Metropolis, mentioned that the decorated roads feature the national flags of both Nepal and Qatar.

Additionally, banners displaying the names of President Paudel and the Emir, along with the image of Kumari, the Living Goddess, performing the Namaste gesture, highlight the cultural richness of the Kathmandu Valley, welcoming the Emir with messages like "Hearty welcome to the Emir from Qatar".

Security has been tightened along the designated route for the visiting dignitary, with security personnel stationed at each welcome gate. Key venues like Shital Niwas (the Presidential Office), Soaltee Hotel where the Emir is staying, and Dwarika Hotel where events related to the visit are scheduled, have been elaborately decorated. Both the Non-Resident Nepali Association and the Qatar Embassy in Nepal have also set up welcome gates.

In recognition of the diplomatic importance of this visit, the government has declared today a public holiday. The Nepali Army, in coordination with the Chief of General Staff, and a Lieutenant General, has mobilized security squads from the Nepal Police, Armed Police Force, and the National Investigation Department for various event-related security needs.

As per Jagannath Niraula, the General Manager of TIA, all flights at the airport will be suspended for 15 minutes during both the arrival and departure of the Emir to ensure tight security. This visit is seen as a significant opportunity to enhance the bilateral relations between Nepal and Qatar. It is notable as the first highest-level visit from the Middle East to Nepal, with Qatar being a key destination for Nepali laborers.