KATHMANDU, Aug 30: Prime Minister Sher Bahadur Deuba is scheduled to leave for New York on September 19 to address the 72nd General Assembly of the United Nations.
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, the Constitution Day falls on September 19 this year. Sources said Prime Minister Deuba has instructed officials at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs (MoFA) to arrange his flight to New York after the Constitution Day event.
Prior to Prime Minister Deuba's departure, a part of his delegation led by Deputy Prime Minister and Foreign Minister Krishna Bahadur Mahara will leave for New York on September 17. The delegation will consist of senior officials from the MoFA.
Prime Minister Deuba is scheduled to hold meetings with his counterparts from various countries and seek their support for Nepal's bid for UN Human Rights Council membership. Prime Minister Deuba plans to fly back home a day after his address in the UNGA on September 23.
On his way home, Prime Minister Deuba is scheduled to make a stopover in Oman and interact with Nepali ambassadors in the region and the migrant workers to learn about their problems. Officials said although Qatar or Saudi Arabia would have been the natural choice to make a stopover, the tension between the two Gulf nations has forced the Nepali delegation to plan for the stopover in Oman.