Nepal loves peace, shuns military alliance: FM Gyawali

January 11, 2019 08:00 AM


“Amity with all and enmity with none is our motto in foreign policy.”

KATHMANDU, Jan 11: Minister for Foreign Affairs Pradeep Gyawali has said Nepal as a peace-loving country shuns any kind of military alliance.

Addressing the Raisina Dialogue 2019 in New Delhi as one of the keynote speakers on Thursday, Minister Gyawali said Nepal seeks to foster relations with neighbors and all friendly countries around the world based on justice, sovereign equality, trust, mutual respect and benefit. “Amity with all and enmity with none is our motto in foreign policy. We seek to foster relations with neighbors and all friendly countries around the world based on justice, sovereign equality, trust, mutual respect and benefit,” he said. 

Gyawali said that Nepal pursues an independent foreign policy and that its conduct of external relations is based on a balanced and independent outlook, which is rooted in the historical fact that we were among the few countries that always remained independent, free from any kind of colonial rule.

Speaking on the theme—World Reorder: New Geometries, Fluid Partnership, Uncertain Outcomes --, Minister Gyawali said attributes that characterized the world order in the past decades are now covered in the mist of uncertainty and that the globalization has been challenged by the very people, who once stood as its determined proponents.

Minister Gyawali said Nepal has always been a firm advocate of rules-based, predictable international order. “We are a believer in multilateralism, where we can get our voices heard; problems and challenges recognized; and support be extended,” he said, while noting that challenges facing the world today require to be addressed with more collective efforts. 

Stating that Nepal has been constructively participating in the existing global economic architecture, Gyawali stressed on the need to make such architecture inclusive, democratic and enabling for the most resource-constrained countries. He cited the examples of its roles in strengthening SAARC and BIMSTEC and the implementation of the agenda of BBIN sub-regional cooperation.

On the occasion, Minister Gyawali also said that Nepal has always emphasized on the importance of good and harmonious relations between its two big neighbors – India and China. “When this two rise together, the rise of Asia becomes unstoppable. We were encouraged, in this context, by the positive vibes that last year’s Wuhan summit created,” he added.

Minister Gyawali, who reached to New Delhi Thursday morning, also held a meeting with his Indian counterpart Sushma Swaraj at the latter’s office. 

During the meeting, the two leaders exchanged views on various aspects of Nepal-India relations while reviewing progress on the ongoing bilateral cooperation projects. They noted with satisfaction the progress made in several areas and underscored the need to continue the momentum, according to a press statement issued by the Embassy of Nepal in New Delhi.

The two ministers agreed to hold the fifth meeting of Nepal-India Joint Commission in Nepal at an earliest convenient date, said the statement. The External Affairs Minister of India hosted luncheon in honor of the Minister Gyawali and accompanying officials.


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