Sunday 22nd September 2019

Maldives Visit Day 2: Minister Gyawali Meets Prez. Solih, Singapore FM Balakrishnan

Gyawali also drew audience attention to Nepal’s concern on international trade through the Indian Ocean that is plagued by non-traditional security threats
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Maldives Visit Day 2: Minister Gyawali Meets Prez. Solih, Singapore FM Balakrishnan

Following the Nepal-Maldives Foreign Ministers meeting on September 02, 2019, the Nepal Foreign Minister Pradeep Gyawali met Maldives President Ibrahim Mohamed Solih on September 03, 2019.

According to the Nepal Foreign Affairs Ministry press release, the two countries’ representatives held talks on matters of mutual interest including taking bilateral relations further, promoting tourism in Nepal and Maldives, mutual efforts to counter the impacts of climate change and cooperation in the regional and global arena.

Later on, President Solih asked the Nepali Foreign Minister to convey his best wishes regards to the Nepali President Bidya Devi Bhandari.

Gyawalis Foreign Affairs Minister Vivian Balakrishnan

As part of Gyawali’s visit to Maldives, the Minister also met with Singapore Foreign Affairs Minister Vivian Balakrishnan in the morning on September 04, 2019.

“We discussed various aspects of our relations. I requested him to further encourage Singapore’s FDI in Nepal and thanked him for facilitating the treatment for our PM,” tweeted Gyawali.

Maldives Foreign Minister Shahid invited Minister Gyawali to lunch on September 03, 2019. On the same day, Minister Gyawali attended dinner hosted by the Maldives President held in honor of visiting dignitaries.

The Nepal Foreign Minister also attended and addressed the Fourth Indian Ocean Conference (IoC).

Speaking at the conference, the Nepal Foreign Minister said that Nepal supports peace, security and abides by international laws in terms of sea usage.

He also stressed on the importance of creating a framework on the basis of inclusiveness, partnership and collaboration among all countries, with effective utilization of resources and sharing benefits earned by all states, including Nepal.

Challenges of International Trade Through the Indian Ocean

The Nepal Minister also drew audience attention to Nepal’s concern on international trade through the Indian Ocean that is plagued by non-traditional security threats such as piracy, illicit trafficking of drugs and weapons, human trafficking. Speaking in this regard, he called for collective action from members present at the conference to address these threats in an effective manner.

International Trade Through Indian Ocean

Connecting Landlocked Nepal to the Indian Ocean

He also shared with the international community Nepal’s plans to establish seamless air, road and water connectivity to facilitate trade and transit. He also talked about developing inland waterways in big rivers in collaboration with India and commencing the operation of Nepal’s own big ships in international waterways.

Adverse Impacts of Climate Change on Mountain Countries

Climate Change on Mountain Countries

He talked about how heavily the impacts of climate change weigh on mountain countries and islands. At the same time, he drew attention to Nepal’s current state affected by the impacts of climate change, without actually being the cause of the problem.

Highlighting the interdependence of the Himalayas and the Indian Ocean, he stressed on the need for protecting and maintaining the ecological balance in the Himalayas by addressing climate change challenges.

He also invited dignitaries at the Fourth IoC to attend Nepal’s first ever international conference Sagarmatha Sambad on contemporary global issues including climate change and global warming.


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