Defense Minister Pokhrel meets UN Secretary-General in New York

Published On: March 29, 2019 11:07 AM NPT By: Republica  | @RepublicaNepal

KATHMANDU, March 29: Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Defence Ishwar Pokhrel held a meeting with UN Secretary-General, António Guterres at the latter's office in New York on Friday morning.

During the meeting, Minister Pokhrel commended the efforts of the Secretary-General to further strengthen the spirit of multilateralism in tackling the global challenges.

"While extending Nepal’s continued support to the Secretary endeavors towards UN reforms, Pokhrel also expressed his confidence that the reform initiatives of the Secretary-General would enhance the efficiency and effectiveness of the UN system," read a press statement issued by Nepal's Permanent Mission to United Nations based in New York.

Highlighting long-held partnership of over 61 years between Nepal and the United Nations in peacekeeping, Pokhrel conveyed Nepal's readiness to contribute its troops and police personnel as well as qualified senior officials at the leadership positions of the UN peace operations.

He also underlined the peaceful transformation of Nepal with the success of home-grown peace process and thanked the UN for their support.

On the occasion, Guterres thanked Nepal for being a reliable partner of the UN in its efforts to maintaining international peace and security.

He appreciated Nepal's role in both traditional as well as in multi-dimensional UN peace operations. The Secretary-General congratulated Nepal on its political transformation towards a vibrant democracy.

During the meeting, Pokhrel was accompanied by Permanent Representative of Nepal to the United Nations Amrit Bahadur Rai and other members of the visiting delegation, as well as the officials of the Permanent Mission of Nepal. The UNSG was accompanied by the UN Military Adviser Lieutenant-General Carlos Humberto Loitey and other high officials of the UN.

Deputy Prime Minister Pokhrel is scheduled to attend the “2019 United Nations Peacekeeping Ministerial on Uniformed Capabilities, Performance and Protection” to be held at the United Nations Headquarters today.

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