Prime Minister Dahal cancels participation in UNGA
KATHMANDU: Prime Minister Pushpa Kamal Dahal has cancelled his scheduled visit to the United Nations headquarters in New York, citing domestic issues.
He was scheduled to fly to New York on Monday to take part in the 71st Session of United Nations General Assembly (UNGA).
In a statement issued late on Sunday night, the Prime Minister's Secretariat said Prime Minister Dahal decided not to leave Nepal at present taking into consideration the voices raised by the agitating parties and the general public to focus on the resolution of concerns raised by them, implementation of the Constitution and reconstruction in the wake of the April 2015 Nepal earthquake.
Dahal would return to Kathmandu after eight or nine days only if he had flown to New York.
Minister for Foreign Affairs Dr Prakash Sharan Mahat, who flew to New York from New Delhi, would lead the Nepali delegation to the UNGA after Dahal cancelled his trip.
In his address at the UNGA, he would touch issues such as international migration and refugees, sustainable development agenda, Nepal’s post-constitution political development as well as post-earthquake reconstruction on behalf of the Government of Nepal.
Dahal returned home from a state visit to India on Sunday.
With the support from the Madhesi parties, Dahal who joined hands with the largest party Nepali Congress to oust CPN-UML Chairman KP Sharma Oli from Singhadarbar was elected Nepal's chief executive on August 3.
Even after 45 day of his election as the Prime Minister, an agreement forged by his party CPN Maoist Centre and the Nepali Congress with the Madhesi parties on the amendment of Constitution is yet to be implemented.