BIRATNAGAR: Deputy Prime Minister and Minister for Foreign Affairs Sujata Koirala on Sunday staked claim to membership in the High-Level Political Mechanism (HLPM), citing her position as the Foreign Minister of the country.

Speaking to media persons in Biratnagar, the DPM described her role as the spokesperson to the international community on the ongoing peace process, as a significant one. She expressed her hope that the HLPM would play a pivotal role in accomplishing the key tasks like peace process and constitution building process in the scheduled time. She added that there is no alternative to consensus and cooperation among the political parties to end the present political stalemate.