From our man in Kathmandu, Aug. 31:
Choosing to exercise virtually the only power left to him, His Majesty King Gyanendra Bir Bikram Shah Dev of Nepal has extended felicitations to President of the Kyrgyz Republic, Bakiev Kurmanbek Salievich on the occasion of the National Day of Kyrgyz Republic.
In a message, His Majesty the King has extended best wishes for President Salievich’s personal health and happiness as well as for the progress and prosperity of the people of Kyrgyz Republic.
Inquiries have been instituted and it has been established that Kyrgyzstan is a country known to only its 5 million inhabitants and its immediate neighbors; Uzbekistan, Tajikistan and Kazakstan. It has, in its history, been part of the Mongolian, Chinese, Afgan and Russian empires but has, as is the plucky nature of this mountanous people, always clawed back independence.
In previous times, Kyrgyzstan has engaged in ethnic arggy-barggy with the Uzbeks, so His Madjesty’s expressions of solidarity bode well for regional stability.
Similarly, His Majesty the King has greeted His Majesty Tuanku Syed Sirajuddin Ibni of Malaysia on the occasion of the National Day of Malaysia.
In a message today, His Majesty the King has extended cordial felicitations and best wishes for the Malaysian monarch’s personal health and happiness as well as for the continued progress and prosperity of the people of Malaysia.
His Majesty has also expressed the confidence that the friendly relations between the two countries would grow further in the years to come.