Yadav roots for foreign policy on ‘broadest possible consensus’

Kathmandu, December 23:

Changed political context forms the basis.

The government was committed to espouse foreign policy on the basis of ‘broadest possible consensus,’ Foreign Minister Upendra Yadav said today.

Minister Yadav, addressing a workshop organised by the Institute of Foreign Affairs in collaboration with FES, said, “The shaping of nation’s foreign policy in accordance with the expectations of the Nepali people is a must to maintain the present changing context”.

He maintained that the effective handling of emerging issues, such as dynamics of international relations, international terrorism, climate change, globalisation, financial uncertainty and promotion of interests should also be taken as the priorities of the foreign policy in the present context.

Meanwhile, presenting a paper on complexities of Nepal’s foreign policy,’ Dr Shambhu Ram Simkhada said Nepal should endeavour to further enhance its relations with developed countries and explore its bids for the rotating membership of the UN Security Council or the presidency of the UNGA. He further said that the nation’s foreign policy should emphasis on the promotion of trade, tourism, employment, investment and technology in order to achieve

the goals for economic prosperity.

Dr Prakash Sharan Mahat in his paper entitled ‘Forging a national consensus on foreign policy and building effective institution’ suggested building consensus on the foreign policy based on clearly articulated national interests, consensus on system of governance, maintaining good relations with two neighbours, Nepal’s enhanced role in the UN through participation in its peace keeping force, safeguarding the interests of Nepali citizens abroad, promoting trade and investment interests, national ownership on use of foreign assistance, strengthening and empowering foreign ministry and its missions be the focus of Nepal’s foreign policy in the present political context.

Political scientist Dr Gopal Pokharel said the country’s foreign policy decisions should clearly reflect the public aspirations for freedom, dignity, choice and measures of the government to adapt changing international situation.