Diplomatic Relations between Nepal and Sri Lanka
A commemorative postage stamp on the Golden Jubilee year of Nepal–Sri Lanka Diplomatic Relations :
Issued by Nepal
Issued on Jul 1, 2007
Issued by :
Government of Nepal
Postal Services Department
Nepal Philatelic Bureau, Kathmandu
Designer : Mohan N. Rana
Type : Stamp, Postal Used
Denomination : Rs. 5.00
Color : Four colors with Phosphor Print
Size : 40 x 30 mm
Format : Horizontal
Paper : High Quality Stamp paper
Quantity : 0.5 Million
Sheet Composition : 20 Stamps per sheet
Process : Offset Lithography
Printer : Cartor Security Printing, France
- Nepal and Sri Lanka have been enjoying excellent relations for centuries. This traditional friendly relationship was formalized with the establishment of diplomatic relations on 1st July, 1957. In the years subsequent, the two countries have been working closely at all levels – bilateral, regional and global. Bilateral visits made at various levels from both sides, including at the levels of Heads of States and Government have immensely contributed to strengthen these relations.
- Nepal and Sri Lanka joined the United Nations together in 1955. They are founding members of Non-Aligned Movement (NAM) and the South Asian Association for Regional Cooperation (SAARC). They are also members of regional economic organization like BIMSTC and have common position on many regional, international as well as global issues.
- In 1975 Government of Nepal established office of Honorary Consulate General in Sri Lanka. In July 1995 the residential Embassy of Nepal was established in Colombo. The Government of the Democratic Socialist Republic of Sri Lanka established its residential Embassy in Kathmandu in 1993.
- The foundation of Nepal–Sri Lanka relations lies on religious and cultural similarities. Lumbini being the birthplace of Lord Buddha is one of the holiest places for the Sri Lankan Buddhists’ pilgrimage and every year more than ten thousand Sri Lankan visit Lumbini. Similarly, there are many other religiously and culturally important sites in both countries including Janakpurdham in Nepal and sites of Ramayana era including Nuwara Elyia in Sri Lanka where people of both countries harbor deep desire to visit. The year 2007 marks the fiftieth anniversary of the establishment of diplomatic relations between Nepal and Sri Lanka. To celebrate this occasion Government of Nepal is organizing different programs including bilateral visits and cultural troupes exchange programs. Government of Nepal, Postal Services Department has brought out this Postage Stamp to commemorate this event, depicting the tooth relic of Buddha being preserved in Kandy, Sri Lanka and the birth place of Buddha, Lumbini, Nepal. Postal Services Department also hopes that, this will contribute to further strengthen the cordial relationship between these two countries in the years to come.