Separated by three-thousand miles, Israel and Nepal have jointly issued a stamp – featuring the Dead Sea and Mt. Everest – in honor the two countries’ long and friendly history.
The Israeli Foreign Ministry said the joint stamp celebrates “fifty-two years of diplomacy” and highlights various cooperative agreements between the two nations in various fields, including agriculture and education.
The Nepalese foreign ministry stated that bilateral relations have remained "cordial and co-operative" since diplomatic ties were established in June 1960.
A ceremony in Israel to mark the stamp was attended by Israeli Deputy Foreign Minister Danny Ayalon and the Nepalese envoy to Israel, Prahlad Kumar Prasai.
Nepal was one the earliest Asian countries to establish diplomatic relations with Israel – senior officials of the Himalayan kingdom have made frequent state visits to the Jewish state.
Israeli tourists also flock to Nepal – on the order of about 5,000 annually -- for mountain-climbing, backpacking and sightseeing.
BBC reported that more than 10,000 Nepalis currently work in Israel.