Nepal committed to democracy, human rights: Minister Gyawali

Posted 10 months ago by Adarsha Devkota

Foreign Minister Pradeep Gyawali has said Nepal’s commitment to democracy, pluralism and the universal values of human rights and fundamental freedoms was unwavering.

Addressing a programme organized by Nepal Council of World Affairs on its 70th anniversary in the capital city Friday, Foreign Minister Gyawali informed that Nepal has been party to 24 covenants on human rights.

“As guided by the Constitution of Nepal, the principles of the UN Charter, Panchasheel, international law and the norms of world peace continue to inspire the conduct of our foreign policy. We pursue an independent foreign policy based on our national interest,” he said, adding that friendship with all and animosity with none has remained the hallmark of Nepal’s engagements in the comity of nations.

The Minister reiterated that sovereign equality, mutuality of interest, justice and mutual respect provide the basis for the conduct of Nepal’s international relations. Informed by these universally accepted norms of inter-state relations, Nepal has steadily expanded its diplomatic outreach to 161 countries of the world that constitutes over 80 percent of UN membership, he argued.

According to him, the present government attaches high importance to the socio-economic development of the country which is key to sustaining peace and stability, and enhancing quality of life of our people. “Nepal’s desire to attain a decent level of prosperity in short run and sustaining of the gains for longer term development of the country is informed by the need and aspiration of our people for achieving economic transformation in Nepal’s own life time,” he underscored.

He mentioned that that resolve of the nation was well reflected in the policy and programs of the government for the current fiscal year which aimed at building a foundation for the coming five years. Nepal stands committed not to allow her soil to be used by any undesired element against the interest of its neighbors and she expects similar sensitivity accorded by her neighbors on the maters of the concern, the Foreign Minister reminded.

“While focusing on effective implementation of all the past agreements and understandings, we have intensified engagements for addressing the outstanding matters by September 2018. The bilateral oversight mechanism established in September 2016 has proved to be a useful means to accelerate the progress in the implementation of development projects and address the issues that come up during the process. The Eminent Persons Group has concluded its mandated task and we are anticipating submission of the report soon,” he shed light on the bilateral matters.

He further said Nepal and China enjoy a long history of close and cordial relationship, which is based on the five principles of peaceful co-existence. Nepal remains fully committed to one China policy.

Nepal admires China’s neighborhood diplomacy guided by the principles of sincerity, amity, mutual benefit and inclusiveness, the Minister stated.

The programme was presided over by the Council’s Chairman Hemanta Kharel. General Secretary Ashim Thapa and Secretary Bhuwan Pathak spoke on the Council’s activities and its history.

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