Kathmandu, Sept 30 (RSS): Minister for Foreign Affairs Dr Narayan Khadka has asserted that the country’s foreign policy should be focussed on promoting the national interest.
Talking to the media at Tribhuvan International Airport (TIA) upon arrival home today after attending the 76th Session of the United Nations General Assembly (UNGA) in New York of USA, he said the foreign policy promoting the national interest should be formulated through national consensus.
“The foreign policy should be made by maintaining national consensus. We cannot have party-specific foreign policy and I will direct my efforts on formulating foreign policy promoting the common national interest by fostering consensus among all political parties,” he said, stressing on the need of a foreign policy fostering balanced relations with all countries including the neighbouring ones.
The Foreign Affairs Minister also pointed out that the political parties should not be divided on conducting the country’s foreign policy and all should have a common view on this.
Stating that he had not expressed opinion on the need of amending the American grant assistance Millennium Challenge Corporation (MCC) compact in the programme organized by the Nepali diaspora in New York, he said he had rather stated that there was slim chances of the United States of America agreeing to amend the compact reached four years back as suggested now by Nepal.
He expressed his dismay that misleading news on MCC was disseminated from New York and urged the media to give objective news.
Regarding his meeting with his Indian counterpart S Jaishanker, Minister Khadka said the Indian Minister for External Affairs had informed him that India was going to lift the ban on export of vaccines from tomorrow and it would give priority to the neighbouring countries in the export of vaccines.
He added that only general discussions were held on the projects operated through Indian assistance in Nepal in the brief meeting with Jaishanker. Dr Khadka said that the Indian Minister for External Affairs informed him that ‘India was ready to resolve the bilateral issues through dialogue and collaboration.’
The Minister said detailed discussions on the matter would be held in the Nepal-India Joint Commission’s Seventh Foreign Ministerial Meeting scheduled to be held in Kathmandu in the near future.
He shared that discussions were held on collaboration on increasing energy and trade in his meeting with the Bangladesh Foreign Minister AK Abdul Moman, on promotion of trade, tourism, investment and on the rights and welfare of Nepali migrant workers in his meetings with his counterparts from Kuwait and Bahrain.
The Minister for Foreign Affairs said in his meeting with the UN high officials he raised the issues, among others, of the peacekeeping forces, their security, timely compensation and release of funds for expenditures made on logistics materials as well as the appropriate representation of Nepal in responsible and high posts of the peace keeping mission in recognition of Nepal’s unrelenting and highest level contribution.