News Digest: International Relations and Foreign Affairs (September 16 – 22, 2021)

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Nepal and India to sign a five-year agreement for periodic monitoring and inspections of airport and radar flights. As per the Civil Aviation Authority spokesperson, Nepal has requested the Airport Authority of India to support monitoring and surveillance of the airports in Nepal, except the Bhairahawa airport.

India has announced to resume exportation of COVID-19 vaccines in October. India will share vaccines through COVAX and has also prioritized its neighbors for vaccine supplies.

4.4 million doses of the Vero Cell vaccine from China have reached Nepal on September 17. The entire six million doses of vaccines that were purchased from China in August is delivered. Nepal has thus, far received 17,757,590 vaccine doses from China.

The government evacuated 906 Nepali nationals from Afghanistan as of September 16. It is arranging to evacuate 134 more stranded Nepali citizens from Afghanistan on September 18. However, approximately 300 Nepali nationals working in several UN agencies will remain in Afghanistan even after the final evacuation as they are working inside the Green Zone and are safe.

Girls walk upstairs as they enter a school before class in Kabul, Afghanistan. RSS: AP Photo

Nepal and India railway service had an agreement on July 9, 2021, to allow private containers to enter Sirsiya dry port in Birgunj. The first private container train carrying 88 freight rakes laden with cargo arrived in Birgunj on September 15.

The government task force to study the Nepal-China border in Humla has returned from the field visit. The task force visited Border Pillars 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10, and 12. Pillar No. 11 could not be visited owing to weather conditions. However, the report will be incomplete without including border pillar no. 11.

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