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Nepal embassy in Bahrain to open on Sunday.

NEPAL will open an embassy in Bahrain on Sunday, it has emerged.

It will be located in Adliya in response to increasing numbers of Nepalese citizens moving to Bahrain for work.

Nepalese Club president Durga Giri said members of the 20,000-plus strong community in Bahrain would be able to visit the embassy from Sunday.

However, an official opening was not scheduled until next month.

A contract with the owner of the premises was due to be signed last night.

New ambassador Dr Durga Bahadur Subedi arrived in Bahrain last week.

"We are expecting many more memorandums of understanding to be signed between the two countries," said Mr Giri.

"There are many cases which we need to resolve and opening an embassy here is definitely a plus point.

"We used to send documents to our embassies in Kuwait or Saudi Arabia, but now everything will be sorted out here."

Campaigners have been calling for a Nepalese Embassy to be set up in Bahrain for years.

In 2011, the Nepalese Club sent a letter to Nepal's Prime Minister Baburam Bhattarai asking for a diplomat to be appointed with increasing pressure on officials dealing with labour and consular matters.

The club had been doing the work of diplomats by handling labour issues and passport issuance and renewals.

The Nepalese Foreign Ministry has published a 13-page report suggesting as many as 18 diplomatic missions - 12 embassies and six consulate-generals, consulates or consul offices - could be opened.

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Publication:Gulf Daily News (Manama, Bahrain)
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Date:Sep 6, 2013
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