The royal landed in the Asian country on Saturday

By Maria Mercedes Lara
March 19, 2016 01:30 PM
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Prince Harry has landed!

The royal arrived in Kathmandu, Nepal, on Saturday to begin his five-day visit to the Asian country. Dressed in a blue suit and still sporting his red beard, the prince greeted Nepalese Prime Minister Khadga Prasad Sharma Oli and the country’s deputy prime minister and foreign minister Kamal Thapa.

According to The Daily Telegraph, Harry also showed off his Nepali skills during a speech in front of dignitaries at the Yak and Yeti Hotel, greeting them with “namaste” and saying “dhanyabad,” which means thank you.

The prince also spoke about the purpose of his visit, which he hopes will show that Nepal is “open for business” following the devastating 2015 earthquakes.

“I pay my respects to those who perished and hope to do what I can to shine a spotlight on the resolve and resilience of the Nepalese people,” he said, according to the BBC. “I want to show all those people around the world who want to help that this is a country open for business – so please come and visit again.”

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Harry also said that he was eager to visit Nepal after he served with the country’s famous fighting men – the Gurkhas – during his 2007 tour in Afghanistan.

Prince Harry (left) and Prime Minister Khadga Prasad Sharma Oli
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The royal’s big trip comes just one day after he spoke about his mother, the late Princess Diana, during a taped interview with Good Morning America.

“I hope that a lot of my mother’s talents are shown in a lot of the work I do,” Harry said. “I hope she’s looking down, you know, with tears in her eyes, being incredibly proud of what we’ve established, I suppose.”

Harry’s trip to Nepal comes several weeks ahead of another big royal visit to the region – Prince William and Princess Kate‘s tour of India and Bhutan.