King’s speech draws mixed response

Himalayan News Service

Kathmandu, June 16:

Speakers at an interaction organised today gave mixed reaction on King Gyanendra’s speech at the Second South Summit of Group of 77 (G-77) in Doha. While a former foreign minister termed the King’s speech anti-democratic, former diplomats said it improved Nepal’s image in the world community. “The speech in Doha has revealed his intention of going against democracy, but it will prove fatal on the part of the monarchy,” said Dr Prakash Sharan Mahat, former foreign minister. Keshav Raj Jha, chairman of the Nepal Council of World Affairs, said the King’s visit to Doha was a good step towards making Nepal’s Foreign Policy proactive. A former diplomat, Dr Mohan Man Saiju, said the King’s speech has been able to convey Nepal’s position on peace, stability and development in the world.