'MoFA top-prioritises security of national integrity'

Kathmandu, Aug. 23: Minister for Foreign Affairs Mahendra Bahadur Pandey has said that the Ministry of Foreign Affairs accords top priority to the protection of national integrity and the economic and development diplomacy of the country.

Saying that the foreign policy of the country was being enforced as per Nepal's Interim Constitution, 2007, he said that the ministry is focusing on the effectiveness and successfulness of country's economy and development diplomacy. He also stressed the need for abiding by the diplomatic code of conduct. 

Minister Pandey was responding to queries raised on various titles of the ministry under the Appropriation Bill, 2072 in today's Legislature-Parliament meeting.

Pandey stated that there is helpful cooperation between both neighbouring countries, underscoring the need for the political parties, civil society and media to move ahead beyond their vested interests.  He noted that the government has come up with a policy to continue bilateral, regional and international relations with all nations in the world for the prosperity of the country.

Noting that the ministry is concerned over the statements jointly issued by India and China that they are working to develop the Lipulek pass, a Nepali territory, located on the Nepal-China border, into a business hub, he said that efforts are on to resolve the matter with sensitivity and diplomatically.

Minister Pandey informed the parliament that a foreign secretary-level mechanism has been formed to sort out matters relating to Nepal-India border disputes including Susta and Kalapani and that the mechanism is actively doing its job. He also said efforts are on to open new border points on Nepal-China border and that appointment of ambassadors for various countries has been prioritised.

He also said that the ministry is serious working towards resolving the matter of hardship and sufferings faced by Nepalis and Nepali migrants in foreign countries.

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