Nepal returns from NAM summit

KATHMANDU: Prime Minister Madhav Kumar Nepal today returned home after participating in the 15th summit of the Non-Aligned Movement (NAM) held in the Egyptian capital of Cairo.

Talking to media persons upon his arrival at the Tribhuvan International Airport, PM Nepal said that his trip to the NAM summit was fruitful. He recalled that most of the leaders attending the summit were curious about the ongoing peace and constitution writing processes in the country.

"I reiterated the government's firm commitment to substantial conclusion of the peace process and timely adoption of new constitution after forging unity and understanding among the political parties," the PM said.

He also called upon the main opposition -- UCPN-Maoist -- to join the government to achieve the twin mission of peace and new statute.

PM Nepal also met with United Nations Secretary General, Ban Ki Moon, at the summit. During the meeting, Moon was apprised of the ongoing peace process, writing of the new constitution and supervision, rehabilitation and integration of the Maoist combatants staying in UN-monitored camps. Nepal also had parleys with his Indian counterpart, Dr Manmohan Singh, and other leaders on the sideline of the summit that concluded four days ago.