KATHMANDU, Sept 22: Prime Minister Sher Bahadur Deuba is preparing to appoint a minister for Foreign Affairs on Wednesday.
Deuba is about to appoint a foreign minister as there will be problems in participating in the UN and SAARC ministerial meetings if the position is left vacant.
At a meeting of the top leaders of the ruling parties held at the PM's residence in Baluwatar on Tuesday evening, Prime Minister Deuba had proposed the appointment of a foreign minister. He had sought consensus with the coalition parties saying that the ministry would be retained by the Nepali Congress. Sources claim that the leaders of the alliance have agreed to give the ministry to the NC even though other parties of the alliance have been claiming the ministry.
It is claimed that Prime Minister Deuba also informed the coalition leaders that he would give the responsibility of the ministry to party central member Narayan Khadka. However, the leaders of the NC have said that the person to be appointed at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs is yet to be decided.
A leader of the party said that the name of the person would be decided only after discussions with party officials on Wednesday. "There is a possibility that either Narayan Khadka or Sujata Koirala will take charge of the ministry," said Gyanendra Bahadur Karki, spokesperson for the government.