KATHMANDU, Aug 30: Prime Minister Sher Bahadur Deuba is set to leave for New York to address the 72nd General Assembly of the United Nations on September 19.
Officials involved in the preparations for the UNGA said Prime Minister Deuba is scheduled to address the UNGA on September 23. "The prime minister will leave for New York after the conclusion of the third phase of local election and Constitution Day event. We are still working to finalize the visit," said the prime minister's foreign relations adviser Dr Dinesh Bhattarai.
While the third phase of local election is scheduled for September 18, Constitution Day falls on September 19 this year.
Prior to the Prime Minister Deuba"s departure, part of his delegation led by Deputy Prime Minister and Foreign Minister Krishna Bahadur Mahara is likely to leave for New York on September 17. The delegation will consist of senior officials from the MoFA.
Prime Minister Deuba is scheduled to hold meeting with his counterparts from various countries and seek their support to Nepal's bid for UN Human Rights Council membership. Prime Minister Deuba plans to return home on September 24.
On his way home, Prime Minister Deuba is scheduled to make a stopover in Oman and interact with Nepali ambassadors in the region and migrants workers to learn about their problems. Officials said although the Qatar or Saudi Arabia would have been the natural choice to make a stopover, the tension between the two Gulf nations has forced them to plan the event in other locations.
DPM Mahara leaving for China on Sept 6
Deputy Prime Minister and Foreign Minister Krishna Bahadur Mahara is leaving for Beijing on a five day official visit to China on September 6.
Minister Mahara is visiting China at the invitation of Chinese counterpart. Sources said the visit will lay grounds for the upcoming visit of Prime Minister Sher Bahadur Deuba to China.
Officials said Prime Minister Deuba is keen to visit China anytime soon to demonstrate the importance that Nepal attaches to its immediate neighbors-India and China. If everything goes as planned, the visit is likely to take place between Dashain and Tihar festivals-the two greatest festivals of Hindus.
After his return home on September 11, Minister Mahara will leave for New York as part of Nepal's UNGA delegation.