Nepal gifts Buddha statue to Belgian city
Posted by worldamity on June 20, 2015
A statue of Buddha, who is considered the messenger of peace and symbol of love, compassion and non-violence, was unveiled amid a function at the Belgian city of Antwerp on Tuesday.
Nepal’s Ambassador of Nepal to Benelux and European Union, Ram Mani Pokharel and the vice Mayor of Antwerp Municipality, Philip Heylen, unveiled the statue at Kasteel Den Brandt in the city.
The Embassy said that the 2.5 feet tall stone statue gifted to the municipality to strengthen the relations between the people of two countries on the occasion of 50th anniversary of Nepal-Belgium diplomatic ties. The statue also serves to give publicity to Nepal’s cultural richness in Europe.
On the occasion, officials of the Antwerp Municipality, honorary consul of Nepal to Belgium, Andre De Jonckheere and Roger de Groen and representatives of Nepalis communities in Belgium were present.
Speaking at the function, Ambassador Pokharel expressed hope that the statue will help strengthen the bilateral relations between Belgium and Nepal.
He also urged the Belgians to visit Nepal, informing them that the tourist destinations were unaffected by the recent earthquakes. Antwerp’s vice mayor Heylen opined that the Buddha statue has added to the richness of the city.
Europe Advisor of Lumbini-Kapilbastu Global Day Movement, Damodar Prasad Acharya and representative of Nepali Milan Kendra, Belgium, Pawan Subedi, among others, were present at the function.