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Diplomatic appointment - India and Nepal



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DIPLOMATIC APPOINTMENT - INDIA AND NEPAL

The Acting M in i s t e r f o r Foreign A f f a i r s / Mr L io n e l Bowen/ today

announced the appointment of Mr Graham Feakes as A u s t r a l i a ' s High

Commissioner to I n d i a . He succeeds Mr Gordon Upton/ who has been High

Commissioner since 1980. Mr Feakes w i l l also be a c c re d ite d as n o n -resid en t

Ambassador to Nepal.

Mr Bowen said t h a t A u s t r a l i a and I n d ia shared many i n t e r n a t i o n a l

concerns/ in cludin g the peace and s t a b i l i t y of the In d ia n Ocean/

i n t e r n a t i o n a l economic problems and developments in A s ia . He noted t h a t

I n d i a / the w orld's second most populous n a t i o n / a major i n d u s t r i a l power

and a leader of the Third World/ had a powerful and respected voice in

i n t e r n a t i o n a l a f f a i r s .

Mr Bowen said th a t he hoped th a t the warm and close r e l a t i o n s

e x i s t in g between A u s t r a l i a and In d ia would be f u r t h e r broadened and

strengthened over the coming years.

Mr Bowen said th a t A u s t r a l i a had r e c e n tly opened a consular

mission in Kathmandu/ and noted t h a t some 12/000 A u s tr a lia n s v i s i t e d Nepal

each y e a r. He added t h a t A u s tr a lia n development assistance to Nepal had

been growing s t e a d i l y in recent years and stood' at $ 1 .5 m i l l i o n in 1 98 2/8 3.

Mr Feakes jo in e d the Department of Foreign A f f a i r s in 1951 and

has served in Karachi/ London/ C a ir o / Pa ris and Phnom Penh. His most

recent posting was as A u s t r a l i a ' s High Commissioner to M a la y s ia . He is

at present a Deputy Secretary of the Department of Foreign A f f a i r s .