Foreign policy should be based on national interest: Minister Gyawali

Minister for Foreign Affairs Pradeep Kumar Gyawali has said that the nation was embracing its foreign policy by keeping the national interest at the centre. In an interaction programme organized by the International Relations Committee of the Parliament on Foreign Policy 2077 released recently, Minister Gyawali opined to keep the foreign affairs above the party politics. He added that the foreign policy was drafted after holding intensive consultations with the stakeholders and political parties. Minister Gyawali said that the peace diplomacy and disarmament was prioritized in the latest foreign policy of the country as Nepal was advocating these agendas since long past. “The new foreign policy has kept the issues of climate change and economic diplomacy in the utmost priority,” Gyawali said. Similarly, speaking at the programme, former Prime Minister Madhav Kumar Nepal opined to forge common views by all in the issues of foreign policy. He also expressed dissatisfaction as the government did not consulted with all sides prior to releasing the policy adding that such a policy needs intensive discussions. Committee member Surendra Kumar Karki stressed the need for a balanced foreign policy. “There is a need for an amendment to the foreign policy issued by the government,” he argued. Committee members Dibya Mani Rajbhandari and Mohan Baniya underscored the need for a univocal view of all political parties on foreign relations while another Committee member Dr Dipak Prakash Bhatta emphasised a wide discussion on country’s foreign policies. The meeting was presided over by Committee President Pabitra Niraula

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