Kathmandu, Nepal, September 15, 2020: The process initiated by the incumbent government to change the foreign policy has raised eyebrow in the diplomatic as well as political sectors for the unnecessary haste sans border consultations among the concerned stake holders.
As the government has initiated process to change the foreign policy at the time when it has faced widespread allegations for the failure to mention cordial relationship with the world powers, including the immediate neighbors China and India, concerned experts have also raised question marks over the motive and intention of the government to change the foreign policy.
Foreign affair experts have a doubt that the ruling head Nepal Communist Party (NCP) would avoid the fundamental foreign policy dynamics of Nepal while formulating new foreign policy.
A taskforce formed by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs (MoFA) has prepared a foreign policy with the motive to table it at the cabinet. However, concerned experts have a suggestion that the draft of the new foreign policy should be finalized after holding extensive consultations among political parties and foreign policy experts.
During a consolation program organized few days ago at the MoFA with a select group of former ambassadors and foreign affair experts, Foreign Minister Gyawali had underlined the need of new foreign policy to make compatible with Nepal’s new federal structure. However, he had not elaborated the change to be made new foreign policy.
As the country lacks written, comprehensive and integrated foreign policy, the initiation taken by the government has to be appreciated but there should be comprehensive consultations to build a national consensus on foreign policy, the foreign experts have said.