KATHMANDU, Sept 17: Prime Minister KP Sharma Oli on Thursday extended birthday wishes to his Indian counterpart Narendra Modi.

KATHMANDU, Aug 5: A prominent American scholar of international relations John J. Mearsheimer has suggested Nepal to stay neutral and have a good relation with both India and China for its security and stability as the relations between these two regional powers is souring over territorial disputes in Galwan Valley and other territory in Line of Actual Control (LAC) in recent months.

Who is to blame?

July 6, 2020 15:22 pm

When relations between the two states deteriorate due to various reasons, dialogue is a tool to bring them back on track. Closing all prospects for talks means the individual state does not want to keep relations at all.

LONDON, June 19: Standing apart on either side of a strip of red carpet outside Number 10 Downing Street, Prime Minister Boris Johnson and French President Emmanuel Macron demonstrated the unusual reality of international diplomacy in the coronavirus era.

KATHMANDU, June 11: Minister for Foreign Affairs Pradeep Kumar Gyawali held a telephone conversation with Minister of State at the Foreign and Commonwealth Office of the UK, Lord Ahmed, on Thursday.

Age of anger

June 6, 2020 19:05 pm

“If you have pissed them off, you have commanded their attention”, seems to be the settled wisdom of our time. Liberal restraint is out of vogue while instigating anger is the new fad. Though somewhat reprehensible tactic and mentally exhausting, it is shrewd. But it has its limitations.

Talk at the top level

June 1, 2020 14:00 pm

The e-inauguration of Darchula to Lipulekh road by India’s Defense Minister Rajnath Singh on May 8 was a surprising move at a time when Nepal was offering to hold Foreign Secretary level talks to resolve outstanding disputes with India. Earlier, Nepal had sent two diplomatic notes to India protesting the new map published by India on November 2, 2019, and in 2015 when India and China signed an agreement in Beijing to make “Lipulekh pass” a trading route to increase their bilateral trade.

Open letter to Sarita Giri

May 25, 2020 14:00 pm

Dear Sarita Giri, recently you said that Nepal should have consulted India before publishing the new map showing Limpiyadhura, Lipulek and Kalapani of Nepal. You seem to think Nepal’s sovereignty—internally (at domestic level) and externally (at international stages)—is subject to approval or disapproval by neighbouring countries. What a pity!

WASHINGTON, May 8: Chinese Vice Premier Liu He, U.S. Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin and United States Trade Representative Robert Lighthizer held a phone call late on Thursday in which they spoke about U.S.-China trade, the U.S. government said in a statement.

Go digital on diplomacy

April 27, 2020 13:00 pm

The outbreak of COVID-19 has badly hit diplomacy. Several international diplomatic conclaves, conferences, and high-level diplomatic trips are on pause. Diplomats are being asked to stay at home. Meeting rooms in the Foreign Ministries and Embassies see no human presence. Most of the international organizations such as United Nations, European Union, International Monetary Fund, World Bank, and Asian Development Bank and South Asian Association for Regional Cooperation (SAARC) have moved online, using the digital platforms to conduct the meetings.

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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November 13, 2019 18:00 pm

Your daily dose of missed important news of the day.

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.