KATHMANDU: Newly elected Minister for Foreign Affairs Dr Prakash Sharan Mahat assured that he would establish friendly ties with the neighbouring countries based on trust and mutual understanding.

Mahat said so while directing the Ministry officials for effective performance upon assuming his office at the Singhadarbar-based office today.

After taking oath of office and secrecy from the President at the Sheetal Niwas today, Mahat had reached the MoFA to assume his office.

He further stated that bilateral relationships with friendly nations would be made much stronger and balanced.

"We always have serious discussions regarding the bilateral relations with India and China. Both countries have friendly ties with Nepal and we need to strengthen and balance the ties so that Nepal will benefit from it," stated Mahat.

He further expressed his commitment to create a favourable environment for the Nepali envoys in gulf countries to help and create work-friendly environment for Nepali migrants working there.

The Ministry would direct the envoys to address the issues of Nepali migrants in foreign countries in the days to come, he added.

"I expect positive and resourceful support from my staff members."