KATHMANDU, Sept 28: Prime Minister KP Oli has held important bilateral meetings including with British Prime Minister Theresa May and Swiss President Alain Berset on the sidelines of the UN General Assembly in New York on Wednesday.
During the meeting with the British prime minister, the two leaders recalled the centuries-old friendship and excellent bilateral relations and talked about strengthening the cooperation in multiple areas including in trade, investment and tourism, said a statement issued by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs (MoFA).
Similarly, Prime Minister Oli and Swiss President Berset discussed the matters of mutual interests, including Swiss cooperation in Nepal, as well as other important bilateral and multilateral concerns, said MoFA. Like Britain, Switzerland has been one of the important donor countries of Nepal in various development endeavors.
On Wednesday evening, Indian External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj paid courtesy call on Prime Minister Oli.
The meeting between Prime Minister Oli and External Affairs Minister Swaraj came at a time when there are speculations that the relations between Nepal and India have witnessed hiccup especially after Nepal chose not to take part in the BIMSTEC military drill.
Prime Minister Oli is scheduled to address the UNGA on Thursday.
Separately on Wednesday, Foreign Minister Pradeep Gyawali attended a ministerial meeting of the Non-Aligned Movement.
In his statement, he mentioned that the “principles of the movement must inspire member states toward building a culture of peace”. He encouraged all NAM members “to act with solidarity and unite our strength to contribute to the world of peace, while leaving no one behind”, according to MoFA statement.
Similarly, Foreign Minister Gyawali attended the Ministerial Meeting of the Least Developed Countries, highlighting structural constraints of poverty, inequality and unemployment, diverse effects of climate change, natural disasters and internal conflicts as an impediment to the progress of LDCs.
Nepal establishes diplomatic relations with Madagascar
Nepal and Madagascar have established formal diplomatic relations on Wednesday. Foreign Minister Gyawali and his Madagascaran counterpart Eloi Alphonse Maxime Dovo signed an MoU to that effect. With this, the number of countries Nepal has established diplomatic relations has now reached 162.