Kathmandu, August 7
Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Foreign Affairs Krishna Bahadur Mahara today said that no side had exerted pressure on Nepal on the Doklam standoff.
Speaking at a press conference at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs today, DPM Mahara said that the government favoured resolution of Doklam issue though dialogue and negotiation.
“We do not want to see any incident of confrontation and conflict due to this issue,” he said. He also ruled out media reports that said Nepal was under pressure from the two neighbouring countries — China and India — to support their stances on the Doklam standoff.
Presenting his seven-point work-plan Mahara said, Nepal would
continue to pursue its
neutral diplomatic position in the international arena. He said he was in favour of promoting economic diplomacy.
He also said his ministry would make efforts to develop Foreign Service as a specialised service within government service.
He also said that MoFA would try to form bilateral advisory mechanism in all the friendly nations and organise regular meetings of such mechanisms in places where they exist.
A version of this article appears in print on August 08, 2017 of The Himalayan Times.