Pak request denies, SAARC meet cancelled
Finally, Nepal gets Minister at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs on Wednesday.
One of the ruling alliance Parties-Nepali Congress leader and elected Member to the Parliament Dr. Narayan Khadka has been appointed as the Minister for Foreign Affairs.
A 72-years old Dr. Khadka is a central member of Nepali Congress. He has worked previously as minister too.
Immediate after taking oath, Minister Dr. Khadka flew to the US on Wednesday evening for taking part at the UN general Assembly leading a three member Nepali delegation.
Though according to the scheduled set by the UN, the Nepal’s turn was set for Saturday September 25 assuming the address will be by the Prime Minister. But as now Nepal is being led by the Minister Nepal’s turn would be little later.
As per UN rule, first the address will be the Presidents, then Vice Presidents, Prime Ministries, Deputy Prime Ministries. Then only the Ministers can address at the UNGA.
Meanwhile, the ministerial-level meet of the SAARC foreign ministers’ set for Saturday in New York aside UN meet has been cancelled.
As per sources, the proposal forwarded by the Pakistan’s request to permitted Taliban government nominee to represent Afghanistan in the meeting was rejected by Nepal including other member nations.
As per SAARC regulations, every decision should be done in consensus. But the Pakistani proposal could not have reached a consensus.
Pakistan had asked SAARC chair Nepal to give it in writing to allow the Taliban nominee representative but as diplomatic sources revealed that Nepal had refused to give the assurance in writing.
This became a point of contention and became an issue to make the meeting cancellation, sources added.
Taliban have not been officially recognized by any SAARC nation, other than Pakistan, which is making all-out efforts to get global legitimacy for the regime in Kabul.
A majority of countries in the world believe the Taliban to be non-inclusive and lacking credibility.
Meanwhile, the sources also informed that the Taliban have nominated their Doha-based spokesman Suhail Shaheen as Afghanistan’s UN ambassador after being asked to address world leaders at the United Nations in New York this week.
The SAARC is the regional intergovernmental organization of eight countries of South Asia–Afghanistan, Bangladesh, Bhutan, India, Maldives, Nepal, Pakistan and Sri Lanka.