Posted by: goddamn March 6, 2012
Another embarrassing moment for Nepal.
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KATHMANDU: A mere technical error and failure to notice it cost Minister for Tourism and Civil Aviation Lokendra Bista his peace of mind, according to a UAE-based Nepali diplomat.
Bista, who along with his wife had flown to Berlin of Germany via Abu Dhabi on Monday evening, had been allegedly detained by the immigration officials in the Abu Dhabi International Airport for travelling without a valid visa. But Deepak Adhikari, the Deputy Chief of Mission (DCM) at Nepali Embassy in the UAE, has another story to tell.
“A sticker was missing on Minister Bista’s German visa but this was not noticed in Kathmandu,” he told The Himalayan Times, “Airlines officials discovered this in the wee hours of Tuesday when the Bista couple went to the terminal to board the scheduled flight to Germany.” The minister’s wife, however, did not have any problems with her visa.
Minister Bista was not detained by the UAE immigration, DCM Adhikari claimed. “With due respect, the airlines officials arranged accommodation for the minister and his wife. He has not even been approached by the immigration officials.”
Adhikari, who is currently bearing the role of acting ambassador, said he met the minister at the airport today. “Minister Bista is willing to fly to Germany and we are working on getting a visa for him,” he said, informing that this, however, could not be done today as the Consular Office of German Embassy was closed after noon.
"If visa could be arranged, he will fly to Berlin at 1 am Thursday. But he will have to stay over there in transit for two more nights—to spend over 52 hours in the transit," he added.
The Bista couple had touched down in Abu Dhabi at 8:30 pm local time yesterday. They were set to board a plane to German at 1 am this morning. Minister Bista is set to attend the ITB Berlin Convention 2012 from March 7 to 12.
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