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US-Iran Conflict May Disrupt Nepal Economy

Around 1.5 million Nepalis are working in the Gulf countries.
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US-Iran Conflict May Disrupt Nepal Economy

The assassination of the Iranian Major General Soleimani by US forces on January 3, 2020 has escalated tensions, globally.

Significantly, the incident is expected to have grave repercussions on the economy of South Asian countries like Nepal.

Nepal is one of the prominent countries highly dependent on remittances from the Gulf.

Nepal annually earns USD 6.5 billion remittances worth 31% of the nation’s GDP from overseas workers predominantly from the Gulf.

Around 1.5 million Nepalis are working in the Gulf countries.

  • 600,000 in Qatar
  • 350,000 in Saudi Arabia

So, any potential rivalry between Saudi Arabia and Iran will give rise to repercussions on oil prices and eventually affect the Nepali economy.

Earlier, attacks on two oil tankers near Strait of Hormuz has led to the rivalry between Saudi Arabia and Iran. The price of oil has increased by 4% as a result of this incident.

Moreover, the closure of India-Pakistan air space and Saudi-UAE blockade have already affected the air routes from western countries to Nepal which resulted in the decrease of foreign tourist arrivals.

So, any further escalation in the tensions between Gulf countries will have negative implications on Nepali tourism.

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