September 27, Kathmandu. External Affairs Minister Dr. Narayan Khadka returned home on Wednesday after attending a high level meeting of non-aligned countries in Belgrade, Serbia.
Minister Khadka left for Belgrade on 22 September, at the invitation of the Foreign Ministers of the Republic of Serbia and the Republic of Azerbaijan, led by a delegation of Foreign Ministry officials Nikola Selakovic and Jehun Berambov. On 25 and 26 September a high level meeting of non-aligned nations was held in Belgrade.
After returning home, Minister Khadka briefed the reporters in the press room of Tribhuvan International Airport today and said that the meeting and his visit were successful and fruitful for Nepal.
The External Affairs Minister, Dr. Khadka, addressed the NAM Forum on September 10, 2013, while addressing a special function attended by more than 100 member countries of the Non-Aligned Movement. He also raised the issue of complexity and the arms race.
He said the meeting also raised issues such as the growing inequality between rich and poor countries, fuel and food crises and the challenges posed by the COVID-19 pandemic.
He also said that Nepal has been active as a member of the Non-Aligned Movement since its inception and the principle of non-alignment has been adopted as a major policy by the Constitution of Nepal.
“In my address, I have highlighted the need for a strong Non-Aligned Movement on numerical and moral basis to build a peaceful, just and prosperous world by including the voices of many countries lagging behind in development,” he said.
He also said that the movement should play an active role in fundamentally changing the way multilateral institutions such as the United Nations and international financial institutions work by undertaking structural reforms.
He also expressed the view that South-South countries should work hand in hand to liberate developing countries who are forced to live in poverty, inequality and deprivation through genuine cooperation.
Minister Khadka said, “Unity, cooperation and coordination among the member states is necessary to make successful the important issues raised by the member states and the movement of non-aligned nations must be strengthened from within by eliminating differences.”
He appealed to all including its members to support the movement from their respective places and build a peaceful and prosperous world society for the generations to come.
Minister Dr. Khadka said that important bilateral meetings were held during the meeting and those meetings were important for Nepal. On this occasion, he met the President of Serbia, Aleksandar Vasis and discussed the multi-faceted issues between the two countries. Similarly, Minister Khadka informed that bilateral meetings were also held with the counterparts of Republic of Serbia and Republic of Turkey.
Trade and economic investment, financial assistance and cultural ties between the two countries were discussed during the meeting.