Govt eyeing more foreign investment

KATHMANDU: Minister for Foreign Affairs Sujata Koirala today said that the government would shortly formulate a policy so as to attract more foreign investment to the country.

Speaking at an interaction programme organised by Reporter’s Club in the Capital, minister Koirala said that her ministry had already started necessary homework pertaining to the issue.

“The Foreign Ministry, having a vital role in the peace process, is in constant communication with the Ministry of Peace, donor agencies and embassies to lead the peace process to a logical conclusion.”

In another context, she said that the upcoming India visit of Prime Minister Madhav Kumar Nepal was just a goodwill visit. She said, “During the visit, both the countries would dwell on bilateral trade, areas of cooperation and the ongoing peace process.”

PM Nepal is scheduled to visit India in the third week of August.

Minister Koirala refused to talk about the reported arms deal with India, due to which the main opposition —UCPN-Maoist — had obstructed the House proceedings earlier. She said, “No discussion has taken place with my ministry regarding any such deal on weapon purchase.”

She also urged the Maoists to join the present coalition government and to help draft the new statute on time and take the peace process to a logical conclusion.