Oli to update NAM members on Nepal

Kathmandu, May 24:

Deputy Prime Minister and the Minister for Foreign Affairs, KP Oli will appraise the members of Non Aligned Movement (NAM) about the recent developments in Nepal during the up-coming ministerial meeting in Kuala Lumpur.

“NAM members will be appraised of the historic changes in our country at the ministerial meeting of the Coordinating Bureau of NAM,” said an official at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs (MoFA).

A three-member team led by Oli will depart for Malaysia on Saturday. Other members of the team include the officiating foreign secretary, Pradeep Khatiwada, a joint secretary and an under secretary of the concerned Department at MoFA. This is the first foreign visit of the Deputy Prime Minister after his appointment. The ministerial meeting is scheduled for May 27-30 and the foreign minister is scheduled to return on June 1.

The official did not elaborate much on the agenda but said the meeting is a preparation for the 14th Conference of the heads of the states or government of NAM nations, which will be held in Havana through September 11-16.

The meeting is expected to discuss the issue of handing over the NAM chairmanship to Cuba from Malaysia during the Summit in Havana.

The ministerial meeting will be preceded by senior officials’ meet on May 27-28.

The theme of the ministerial meeting will be “Towards a More Dynamic and Cohesive NAM: Challenges of the 21st Century.” The outcome of the interactive deliberations will be used as the basis of the Movement’s inputs for the upcoming NAM Summit in Havana. “Global and regional issues will be discussed in the ministerial meeting. Issues like social development and human rights will also be discussed,” said the official at the ministry.