KATHMANDU, Oct 20: Prime Minister K P Sharma Oli will visit Baku, the Republic of Azerbaijan later this week to participate in the 18th Summit of Heads of State and Government of the Non-Aligned Movement (NAM).
Leading a Nepali delegation, Prime Minister Oli will leave for Baku on October 24. The summit is being held from October 25 to 26.
Oli will address the general debate of the summit on October 26 to be held on the theme of “Upholding the Bandung Principles to ensure concerted and adequate response to the challenges of contemporary world”.
Prime Minister Oli will attend the official dinner to be hosted by the President of the Republic of Azerbaijan, Ilham Aliyev, in honor of the heads of delegation on October 25.
Oli will also hold bilateral meetings with the heads of delegations of different countries on the sidelines of the summit.
The Nepali delegation includes Minister for Foreign Affairs Pradeep Kumar Gyawali, Chief Adviser to the Prime Minister Bishnu Rimal, Foreign Affairs Adviser to the Prime Minister Rajan Bhattarai, Foreign Secretary Shanker Das Bairagi and senior officials at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs.
The 18th NAM Summit will be preceded by the Preparatory Ministerial Meeting on October 23 and 24 and Senior Officials Meeting on October 21 and 22.
The summit will consider the report of the Preparatory Ministerial Meeting, review the progress achieved in the implementation of the outcomes of the 17thSummit held in 2016, and conclude with the adoption of the Baku Declaration, according to Ministry of Foreign Affairs.
"Nepal is a founding member of the Non-Aligned Movement and has been actively participating in all NAM Summits since its inception. Principles of non-alignment constitute one of the basic tenets of Nepal's foreign policy," read a press release issued by MoFA on Sunday.
Prime Minister Oli will return from Baku in the evening of the October 26 and arrive in Kathmandu in the morning of October 27.