July 4, 2017
In the first-ever high-level visit to India, post the formation of the new Government, Nepal’s Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Foreign Affairs (MoFA), Krishna Bahadur Mahara, held various key discussions with his Indian counterpart.
Two-day discussions with the New Delhi-based Nepali diplomats was one significant part of the trip, where the Minister reiterated Nepal’s commitment to the United Nations Human Rights Commission (UNHRC) membership, and explained them the significance of the same. Highlighting the country’s recent socio-political transformation, the Minister noted that this is the right time for Nepal to become the council member.
Bharat Raj Poudyal, head of the UN body at MoFA, while briefing the current human rights scenario in Nepal, said, “Nepal deserves the membership”. The other senior officials at the meeting also felt that Nepal’s entry would add significance to the council in shaping the human rights agenda.
The briefing held at Nepal Embassy, New Delhi, witnessed the participation of the ambassadors from 35 countries to Nepal. The representatives from Zambia, Cuba, Czech Republic, and Venezuela pledged their support for Nepal’s entry into UNHRC.