Nepal to prepare profiles of 163 countries it has ties with

Kathmandu, February 8

The government is working on country-specific profiles of 163 states its has diplomatic relations with.

The Ministry of Foreign Affairs is preparing the dossier to assess Nepal’s current ties with different countries and to determine what each relation should focus on in the future.

“We do not expect the same thing from all the countries. What is our state of relations with different countries? We want to know,” Minister for Foreign Affairs Pradeep Gyawali told members of Parliament’s Public Hearing Committee during a meeting on Thursday. “There are some countries with whom our ties would focus on trade, others on labour and investment,” added the Minister. “We also need to find out how developed countries are willing to contribute to Nepal’s development.”

Gyawali said that Nepali ambassadors will have to set their priorities based on the recommendations made in their country-specific profile. “The ambassadors will have to carry the profiles with them when they are sent to their station,” added Gyawali.

The minister also told the MPs that the government’s focus is on economic diplomacy to help the country graduate from the LDC group by 2022.

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