September 19, 2017
Nepal is all set to sign an international treaty on the prohibition of nuclear weapons.
The Ministry of Foreign Affairs (MoFA), Nepal confirmed this yesterday stating that ‘Nepal will sign the Treaty on the Prohibition of Nuclear Weapons this week during the 72nd Session of the UN General Assembly’.
MoFA spokesperson Bharat Raj Paudyal informed that Nepali Deputy Prime Minister Krishna Bahadur Mahara, who is also the in-charge of country’s foreign affairs, will be signing the treaty.
The decision shows Nepal’s commitment towards the achievement of a world free from the threat posed by nuclear weapons, said Paudyal.
Accompanied by the senior officials of his ministry, Mahara has already left for New York to attend UNGA session on September 18, 2017.
As part of the visit, Mahara will be participating in a meeting on UN Peacekeeping Operations on the sidelines of UNGA, wherein, he is expected to sign the Treaty on Prohibiting Nuclear Weapons.
Apart from signing the Treaty, the Deputy Prime Minister will also be participating in various other discussions including ministerial-level meetings of Landlocked LCDs, Asian Cooperation Dialogue in New York, Non-Aligned Movement, G-77 and South-South Cooperation, among others.
Meanwhile, the Prime Minister Sher Bahadur will also be leaving for New York today to attend UNGA session and will be addressing UNGA on September 23, 2017.