State Visit Nepal. President Reagan’s Toast then King Birendra’s Toast in State Dining Room, Cuts of Entertainment by Ferrante, Teicher in East Room on December 7, 1983
Mr. President, Mrs. Reagan,
Distinguished Ladies, and gentlemen, I’m touched by a cordial welcome and the warm word with which you and Mrs. Reagan have received us here in Washington. were equally honored by the generous remarks you. Mr. President, have just made about my country and people. See seeing from Washington, Nepal is almost on the other side of the globe. And yet, as this friendly gathering here tonight shows distance, notwithstanding friendship and cordiality, based on shared ideals can exist between countries that are geographically far apart.
In 1947, as soon as Nepal broke age, all isolation by seeking friendship beyond her borders, it was with the United States of America, that Nepal sought to establish diplomatic relations since 1951, the year when my grandfather, led King through one led the Nepalese people to democracy. We have looked at the United States as a land of freedom and fulfillment. The enduring ideals of the founding fathers of America, who spoke to men of liberty and independence have inspired men throughout the world, including those of us living in the mountain fastness of Nepal. In our part of the world, if America is looked upon as a land of gold, grain, and computers, a country of skyscrapers and space shuttle, she is also regarded as a nation committed to respecting the man and his dignity, a land of discovery. Merica has distinguished itself in being inventive in breaking new grounds and opening new horizons of knowledge for the betterment of man. With a country such as the United States, one wonders if Nepal has anything in common. On the surface, they may seem very little.
Yet as men living in the same planet, we have common stakes in global peace, prosperity, and indeed, the survival of men in dignity and freedom. We’re having happy to say, Mr. President, your efforts to maintain peace and stability around the world. The Nepalese people join me in appreciating the understanding with which, on behalf of the people and the government of the United States, you have extended support to the concept of Nepal as a zone of peace.
This recognition, I assure you, will go down not only as an important landmark in the history of our relations but also as a testimony of your personal commitment to the cause of peace, stability and freedom. Nepal rejoices in the achievement of the American people in different fields of human endeavors, the initiative and enterprise of your people I example, yet what happens in this part of the world, sends its ripples, even to the roadless villages of Nepal. We received their Fallout. When Merica suffers a temporary drought, millions around the world get affected. Indeed, if I may seek your indulgence, I would like to mention something that on the surface may sound trivial, but sometimes it is the small thing that can bring about profound changes. The corn maze in Nepal was introduced from this part of America, as well as the potatoes from the Andes, nearly 300 years ago, these new crops not only altered a hill economy but even the mode of life by making settlements possible in the mountain terraces of Nepal. Everything evidently we do not live in Ireland, but in a world bound in a nexus of indeed, interdependence. What happens in America ceases therefore to be a local event.
The United States as such has shown a consistent understanding towards this and has assisted Nepal in stretching her hand of friendship and cooperation in many fields, including the building of infrastructures May I take this opportunity, therefore, to thank you, and through you to the people and government of the United States for the support we have received in meeting the challenges of development in Nepal. Mr. President, in recent year years, Merica has brought glory to humanity by landing man on the moon. It is indeed thrilling to reflect that one can soar into space to explore the unknown, and scan the stars. Yet these adventures into outer space, would carry still deeper meaning, if the part of humanity living in Nepal could also rid themselves of the continuing poverty, herself at least developed landlocked country, Nepal has always sought understanding and cooperation from our friends and neighbors.
In fact, since the time I assumed responsibilities, I have thought that the minimum of basic needs must not be denied to people anywhere in the world. In this regard, I take comfort in the issue in the reassurance that the United States will continue to extend cooperation on a long term basis into the future. Modern technology Mr. president has reduced distance and joined us all into a family of nations. This situation demands that we create an enduring relationship based on a sense of purpose and meaning, when Nepal and countries in her region willing to join hands with the United States and other international agencies, in a greater effort for prosperity, by putting into us a fragment of the human and capital resources to harness the water potentials of Nepal, it will not only enable them to walk over a long road to progress for our region as a whole, but will also can continue to build bridges of understanding between the most advanced and at least developed nation of the world. It will also mean eliminating the perils of hunger on the one hand, and the danger of instability with instability and extremism on the other.
I have no doubt that Nepal and the United States can cooperate in many fields of creative endeavors. As countries that have shown respect to the uniqueness of the individual, we believe in the conservation of the natural as well as the spiritual heritage of man. But most important of all, we both honor the freedom of man and the independence of nations. In this regard, we appreciate the support the United States has shown consistent consistently to our identity as a nation. Mr. President, I cherish the fruitful exchange of views we have had recently with each other. You have been very reassuring. And I wish to thank you and Mrs. Reagan, for the warmth of hospitality shown to me, my wife, and members of my entourage. Excellencies Ladies and gentlemen, man, I request you to join me in proposing a toast to the health and happiness of President Ronald Reagan of the United States of America. And the First Lady, Mrs. Nancy Reagan, to the peace and prosperity of the American people, and to the further development of friendship between Nepal and the United States. Thank you
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