Nepal’s commitment to democracy is total, says Oli

Kathmandu, September 26

Prime Minister KP Sharma Oli, who is leading the Nepali delegation to the United Nations General Assembly, stressed that Nepal’s commitment to democracy and fundamental freedoms were total.

Delivering a public lecture on the theme ‘Peace, Democracy and Development’ at an event hosted by Asia Society yesterday, Oli said Nepal’s efforts will be to promote a rule-based, just and equitable international order in which all states — small and big — fulfil their international obligations in good faith, and all countries enjoy equitable opportunities to fulfil aspirations for development and prosperity, according to a press release issued by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs.

In the session moderated by former prime minister of Australia Kevin Rudd, Oli expounded the government’s vision of ‘Prosperous Nepal and Happy Nepali’. Responding to questions from the audience, Oli underlined the importance of foreign investment, connectivity and sustainable environment, among other things.

Oli also participated in the High-Level Meeting on Action for Peacekeeping organized by the United Nations Secretary-General yesterday.

Speaking at the event, he paid tribute to the brave peacekeepers including, 73 Nepalis who made sacrifice in the line of duty. Reaffirming Nepal’s commitment to international peace and security through UN peacekeeping, Oli said Nepal continued to provide troops and police personnel for UN peacekeeping even at the height of national difficulty, according to the MoFA press release.

Earlier in the morning, Oli attended the opening of the General Debate of the 73rd session of the UNGA. The opening featured statements by the UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres and President of the General Assembly María Fernanda Espinosa Garcés.

The Prime Minister will address the 73rd UNGA tomorrow.