Ambassador of Vietnam to Nepal Pham Sanh Chau speaks at the ceremony. (Source: VNA)

Hanoi (VNS/VNA) - Nepali Prime Minister KP Sharma Oli has witnessed the release of a bilingual book titled Nepal: Peace Is at Hand in Hanoi during his official visit to Vietnam from May 9-13.

The book is written in Vietnamese and English by Most Venerable Huyen Dieu, who established Vietnam Phat Quoc Pagoda in Lumbini, Nepal, the birthplace of Lord Buddha. It was the first Vietnamese pagoda to be built abroad.

As the book is about Nepal, it is expected to further publicise the country in Vietnam and contribute to bilateral understanding and promoting Nepal as a tourist destination. The book reflects upon the conflict and peace process from Buddhist philosophical perspectives.

It is divided into two parts – the first part is in Vietnamese while the latter is in English.

During the book launch, Prime Minister Oli said the book would help inform foreign nationals, especially followers of Buddhism, about Lumbini and Mount Everest, the highest peak in the world.

The Prime Minister stressed that Nepal was not only the birthplace of Lord Buddha but also a foundation of Buddhism.

He expressed admiration for President Ho Chi Minh and concern about the mutual understanding between two countries.

The book launch was held at the private museum of ao dai (traditional long dress) owned by designer Lan Huong.

“This ceremony is a proof of close friendship and a chance for further cooperation between Vietnam and Nepal,” said Vietnamese Ambassador to Nepal Pham Sanh Chau. “The Prime Minister introduced the book and found out more about Vietnamese culture.”

The Nepali Prime Minister was on an official visit to Vietnam and attended the United Nations Day of Vesak 2019, which opened in Ha Nam province on May 12.-VNS/VNA