What ails our diplomacy?

March 15, 2020 09:42 am

Diplomacy in bilateral and multilateral affairs is becoming increasingly complex requiring tact and intelligence. It involves tremendous art of communications and negotiation with a profound knowledge of English language and mastery over a range of topical issues to discuss on the part of negotiators and country representatives. Prime Minister or cabinet ministers such as the foreign minister and secretary of state, consulates and embassies serve as diplomats in implementing Nepal’s foreign policy.

KATHMANDU, March 9: Foreign Minister Pradeep Kumar Gyawali and his Chinese counterpart Wang Yi held a telephonic conversation on Monday.

Hope and expectation

March 9, 2020 09:30 am

The newly appointed Indian Ambassador to Nepal, Vinay Mohan Kwatra has arrived in Kathmandu. He was leading the Indian diplomatic mission in France when the Indian government handed him the Nepal job. He boasts more than a three decade long experience in the Indian Foreign Service (IFS). He was serving as the head of Americas Division in the Foreign Ministry where he dealt with India’s relations with the United States and Canada when Prime Minister Narendra Modi came to power.

KATHMANDU, March 8: Chairperson of Nepal Pariwar Dal Eknath Dhakal held separate meetings with Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) General Secretary Ram Madhav and Chief Minister of New Delhi Arvind Kejriwal on Sunday.

Intelligence and Nepal’s foreign policy

February 13, 2020 10:11 am

Continued neglect of intelligence in foreign policy formulating process has helped foreign intrigues to, what BP Koirala warned in 1976, make “Nepal a center of international conspiracy”

KATHMANDU, Feb 9: Canadian Senate Speaker George J. Furey is arriving in Kathmandu on Monday on a two-day visit to Nepal.

KATHMANDU, Feb 7: Nepal's Ambassador to Thailand Ganesh Prasad Dhakal, who is also concurrently accredited to Laos, presented his credentials to Bounnhang Vorachith, the President of Lao People's Democratic Republic.

KATHMANDU, Jan 26: As part of his South Asia trip, Foreign Minister of Luxembourg Jean Asselborn is arriving in Nepal on a two-day visit this week, officials said on Sunday.

RASUWA, Jan 23: Nepal and China are conducting load flow test within third week of February as part of preparation to build the first cross-border transmission line.

LONDON, Dec 22 : U.S. President Donald Trump has invited British Prime Minister Boris Johnson to visit him in the White House in the new year, British media reported on Sunday.

KATHMANDU, Dec 12: India's Ambassador to Nepal Manjeev Singh Puri today said India was always ready to help with Nepal's journey to prosperity and its initiatives to take the country to socio-economic development.

KATHMANDU, Dec 1: A Chinese delegation from Yunnan Academy of Social Sciences (YASS) has held an interaction with the representatives of China Study Center in Kathmandu.

KATHMANDU, Dec 1: Nepal and the Philippines signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) to establish Bilateral Consultation Mechanism between Foreign Ministries in Kathmandu, the Ministry of Foreign Affairs (MoFA) said.

BEIJING, Nov 28: China summoned the U.S. ambassador on Thursday to “strongly protest” President Donald Trump’s signing of bills on Hong Kong human rights.

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KATHMANDU, Nov 15: Bangladeshi President Md Abdul Hamid concluded his four-day official goodwill visit to Nepal and returned home on Friday.

KATHMANDU, Nov 13: Visiting Bangladesh President Mohammad Abdul Hamid held a meeting with his Nepali counterpart Bidya Devi Bhandari at Sheetal Niwas on Wednesday evening.

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KATHMANDU, Nov 8: The 11th meeting of the Joint Commission between Nepal and the European Union (EU) is currently underway in Kathmandu.

KATHMANDU, Nov 3: Bangladesh President Mohammad Abdul Hamid will be arriving in Kathmandu on November 12 on a three-day official visit, sources said on Sunday.

ISTANBUL, Oct 30: Turkey’s foreign ministry said that it summoned U.S. Ambassador David Satterfield on Wednesday over two resolutions passed by the U.S. House of Representatives.

BEIJING, Sept 23: Disputes in the Gulf should be resolved peacefully via talks, and all sides should remain calm and exercise restraint, Chinese President Xi Jinping told Iraq’s visiting prime minister on Monday, state television reported.

KATHMANDU, Sept 20: The first-ever meeting of the Nepal-Belgium Bilateral Consultation Mechanism concluded in Kathmandu on Thursday.

Irish Speaker calls on President Bhandari

September 10, 2019 18:20 pm

KATHMANDU, Sept 10: Speaker of the Irish Parliament, Sean O' Fearghail paid a courtesy call on President Bidya Devi Bhandari at the President House, Shital Niwas, today.

KATHMANDU, Sept 5: Minister for Foreign Affairs Pradeep Kumar Gyawali, who is currently visiting the Maldives, held separate meetings with the Minister for Foreign Affairs of Singapore Vivian Balakrishnan and Minister of Foreign Affairs of Mauritius Nandcoomar Bodha, and the Assistant Foreign Minister of Vietnam Nguyen Van Thao on the sidelines of the Fourth Indian Ocean Conference in Male.

Developing migration diplomacy

July 30, 2019 01:00 am

Nepal should develop a migration diplomacy to safeguard rights and welfare of migrant workers, while maintaining long-term economic interests in the Gulf countries and beyond

KATHMANDU, June 26: Nepal's Ambassador to Switzerland Mani Prasad Bhattarai presented his credentials to President of the Swiss Confederation Ueli Maurer on Tuesday.

KATHMANDU, June 24: Sajha Bibeksheel Party has issued a 13-point diplomatic guideline for its leaders to make party's official meetings, and communications with foreign governments, officials and diplomats, including international organizations in Nepal and their representatives, more systematic and dignified.

KATHMANDU, June 23: Minister for Inter-Provincial Coordination of Pakistan Fehmida Mirza has said that the regional politics should not affect the South Asian Association for Regional Cooperation (SAARC).

KATHMANDU, June 19: Parliamentary Hearing Committee began the hearing of proposed ambassadors to four different countries on Wednesday.

KATHMANDU, June 15: Swiss Ambassador to Nepal Elisabeth von Capeller met with acting Prime Minister and Minister of Defence Ishwar Pokhrel at Ministry of Defence, Singhadurbar on Friday.

NEW DELHI, June 6: From ferry services and port terminals to a new national cricket stadium, Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi is likely to come bearing gifts on his visit to neighbours Sri Lanka and the Maldives this weekend.

MOSCOW, June 6: Chinese President Xi Jinping presented two pandas to Moscow’s zoo at a ceremony with Vladimir Putin on Wednesday, in a gesture the Russian president described as a sign of deepening trust and respect between the two powers.

KATHMANDU, June 3: Lawmaker of the ruling Nepal Communist Party Bhim Rawal has objected the United States Ambassador to Nepal Randy Berry’s public interaction on social media.

KATHMANDU, May 23: Notwithstanding the criticisms from various quarters and objection from Ministry of Foreign Affairs (MoFA), US Embassy in Kathmandu has indicated that it will go ahead with its plan to hold public interaction on social media.

KATHMANDU, May 22: The Ministry of Foreign Affairs on Wednesday said that its attention was drawn to the United States Ambassador to Nepal Randy Berry’s announcement to hold public interaction on social media.

KATHMANDU, May 21: The United States Ambassador to Nepal Randy Berry’s planned public interaction on social media has drawn mixed reaction from Nepalis.

SEOUL, March 3: South Korea and the U.S. are eliminating their massive springtime military drills and replacing them with smaller exercises as part of efforts to support diplomacy aimed at resolving the North Korean nuclear crisis.

Prez Bhandari to return home today

November 1, 2018 12:24 pm

KATHMANDU, Nov 1: President Bidya Devi Bhandari will return home after her four days official state visit to Qatar at the invitation of the Amir of the State of Qatar Sheikh Tamim Bin Hamad Al Thani.

KATHMANDU, Oct 25: Newly appointed ambassadors of four countries have presented their letter of credence to President Bidya Devi Bhandari today.

KATHMANDU, Oct 12: Nepal and Suriname have established diplomatic relations today.

NEW YORK, Sept 27: Nepal and the Republic of Madagascar have established diplomatic relations today.

WASHINGTON, Sept 8: The United States said on Friday it had recalled its top diplomats in the Dominican Republic, El Salvador and Panama over those countries’ decisions to no longer recognize Taiwan.

NEW DELHI, Sept 4: Former minister and chairperson of International Association of Parliamentarian for Peace (IAPP) Asia-Pacific, Ek Nath Dhakal highlighted Nepal's successful elections and peace process as he interacted with Indian lawmakers, including the ruling Bharatiya Janta Party (BJP), Indian National Congress and other parliamentarians.

TAIWAN, Aug 21: Taiwan lost another ally to Beijing on Tuesday when diplomatic ties with El Salvador were severed, as China presses the remaining nations with diplomatic links to Taipei to end them.

KATHMANDU, Aug 20: Nepal has handed over the second and final pair of the endangered one-horn rhino named Soltini and Mitini to China on August 17 and has been flown to Shanghai on a cargo plane.

KATHMANDU, Aug 18: As the last rites of former Indian Prime Minister and veteran Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) leader Atal Bihari Vajpayee were performed in New Delhi on Friday, many in Kathmandu have expressed deep condolences on his passing away, recalling him as a true friend of Nepal.

KATHMANDU, July 29: Minister for Foreign Affairs, Pradeep Kumar Gyawali stressed on the importance of Nepal’s relations with European Union Nations, United Nations, and international organizations in the Regional Conference of Nepali Ambassadors based in Europe in Brussels, Belgium.

MINNESOTA, July 5: A United Arab Emirates-backed Saudi effort to wrest control from Jordan of Islam’s holy places in Jerusalem signals a sharper, more overt edge to Saudi religious diplomacy and the kingdom’s quest for regional hegemony that risks deepening divides in the Muslim world.

WASHINGTON, June 7: He hectored Mexico’s leader over border wall funding. Lobbed statistics at the Canadian leader without checking his facts. Cajoled the British prime minister to crack down on protesters. Had a tête-à-tête with Russia’s head of state on a whim. Bonded with France’s prime minister over military parades.