Nepal | August 11, 2020

Efforts under way to name ambassadors, says PM

Himalayan News Service
Share Now:

Kathmandu, January 24

Prime Minister Pushpa Kamal Dahal today said efforts were being made to recommend ambassadors for all vacant diplomatic outposts in the next Cabinet meeting, which is likely to be held on Thursday.

Responding to a media query regarding the long overdue process of naming envoys to a dozen vacant embassies, Dahal said all concerned parties were coming to a conclusion on filling vacant missions before long.

“Consultation is underway to appoint envoys to all vacant missions in the next cabinet meeting,” he said during a press conference at his official residence in Baluwatar. “We are close to conclusion.”

He further said new embassies and consulate offices would be opened gradually in countries where Nepalis are concentrated.

According to the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Nepali embassies in Australia, Japan, South Korea, Sri Lanka, Bangladesh, Myanmar, Oman, Bahrain, Qatar, Saudi Arabia, Israel and Denmark are currently without a chief.

Ambassadorial posts of some of these missions have been vacant for months and even years. For example, Nepali Embassy in Doha, Qatar has been headless since September 2013, when the government had recalled then Ambassador Maya Kumar Sharma following her controversial remarks about the treatment of migrant workers in the Gulf state. Keeping diplomatic outposts headless for long has been ‘damaging’ for the country.

Meanwhile, PM Dahal alleged that many Nepali migrant workers are facing problems in destination countries like Malaysia and the Gulf states, primarily not because they are in alien lands, but because of fellow Nepalis — these include manpower agencies, Nepali bureaucrats and immigration officials.

He stated that his government was trying to bust all illegal networks and settings of manpower agencies, bureaucrats, police and immigration officials to ensure safe and transparent job migration.

A version of this article appears in print on January 25, 2017 of The Himalayan Times.

Follow The Himalayan Times on Twitter and Facebook

Recommended Stories:

More from The Himalayan Times:

Opinion: Remain connected through the umbilical cord

Separating Sita from Ram, Janakpur from Ayodhya, and Kathmandu from Kashi is tantamount to severing the body from the soul In a stunning claim, Nepali Prime Minister KP Sharma Oli on July 13 said that Ayodhya, the ancient city believed by millions of Hindus to be the birthplace of Lord Ram, Read More...

South Asian Gastronomy Association launches 'Savestreetfood' campaign across SAARC countries amid COVID-19 crisis

KATHMANDU: The South Asian Association for Gastronomy (SAAG) has launched a campaign to 'Savestreetfood' across India, Sri Lanka, Nepal, Bangladesh, among others, in a bid to save food vendors affected by the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic. SAAG, comprising of hospitality industry professionals, food Read More...

Three kids left stranded after mother goes missing in Doti  

A mother of three children has gone missing after her terminally ill husband passed away few months ago at Nara gaun in Sayal Rural Municipality-6 of Doti district. According to a local Deepak Bahadur Khati, the father of the three kids, Baji Khati, died some fifteen months ago. Now the mothe Read More...

Isolation ward set up

RAJBIRAJ, AUGUST 9 With the rise of COVID infection, Tilathi Koiladi Rural Municipality has brought an isolation ward with 100 beds into operation in the rural municipality of Saptari district. As many as 28 infected people are receiving treatment in the new isolation ward set up at Public Hig Read More...

Bank sealed after employees contract virus

LAHAN, AUGUST 9 Global IME Bank here has been sealed after an employee tested positive for coronavirus. Other employees at the bank have been kept in quarantine. The bank employee, a 34-year-old from Mahottari district, tested positive for COVID-19. Lahan Municipality’s health section Chi Read More...

Manang Village, Marshyangdi river, Gangapurna lake

COVID fear looms large with more people entering Manang

MANANG, AUGUST 9 The number of workers and employees entering Manang has increased after the nationwide lockdown against COVID-19 pandemic imposed since the night of July 21 was lifted. With increase in people’s movement leading to subsequent rise in infection rate and the death toll as well Read More...


Rural municipality in Jhapa imposes lockdown

JHAPA, AUGUST 9 Gauriganj Rural Municipality in Jhapa district has decided to impose lockdown for four days to curb the spread of COVID-19. A meeting of Gauriganj Rural Municipality Corona Emergency Work Operation Centre today took the decision to impose the lockdown from August 14 to 17. W Read More...

‘Ruling party lawmakers against provincial govt’

HETAUDA, AUGUST 9 Bagmati Province Chief Minister Dormani Poudel today claimed that lawmakers of the Provincial Assembly from his party were hatching a conspiracy against his government. Inaugurating Fifth Makawanpur District Assembly meeting of District Coordination Committee in Hetauda, CM P Read More...