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Government initiates diplomatic dialogue

By Our Reporter
Although late, the government has initiated diplomatic dialogue. And the laudable move happened this week with the Ministry of Foreign Affairs hosting an interaction on ‘national dialogue on foreign policy’.
Inaugurating the interaction Prime Minister KP Sharma Oli said he was confident that the report of the Nepal-India Eminent Persons Group, which was ready, woul
“Once the report is submitted, it will be discussed between the two countries and implemented,” he said.
The government of India has not owned the report for one pretext or another for over a year.
PM Oli also said all political parties and individuals of the country should be one on foreign policy issues.
He also warned the foreign diplomats stationed in Kathmandu not to resort to any extra-diplomatic deals.
He said this when the deportation of an American national from the Tribhuvan International Airport was questioned.
He said Nepal’s relations with neighbours had deepened in recent years. “As far as our relations with other countries are concerned, we have reviewed many aspects. Our relations with our neighbours should be grounded on truth, justice and the world system,” he said and added that Nepal’s objective was to maintain friendly relations with all countries with enmity towards none.
He further said that his government would take positive initiatives to hold the next SAARC Summit.
Chair of Nepal Communist Party (NCP) Pushpa Kamal Dahal said that in the past, governments tended to favour a particular country, but that should end now and the government should pursue only pro-Nepal policy.
He also said that Nepal’s relations with India and China stood on their own merits and there should not be any tendency to play one neighbour against another.
Minister of Foreign Affairs Pradeep Kumar Gyawali said foreign policies were the extended form of a country’s domestic policies.
Deputy Prime Minister and Health and Population Minister Upendra Yadav said SAARC was established with high hopes and expectations, but now it was not moving ahead due to some issues between some counties.
Co-general Secretary of Nepali Congress Prakash Sharan Mahat said the government’s foreign policies had deviated in recent months. d be submitted to both governments soon.

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