News Digest: International Relations & Foreign Affairs (August 19 – 25, 2021)


Government to procure extra 6 million doses of Vero Cell vaccine

The Ministry of Health and Population is holding talks with the Asian Development Bank to secure funds to purchase 6 million additional doses of Vero Cell vaccines from China. China has agreed to provide 1.6 million doses as a grant, which is yet to be delivered.

Investigation report on Darchula incident delayed

Even after multiple extensions of deadlines, the probe team has not managed to come up with a complete report regarding the Darchula incident. The joint secretary at the ministry who is also the team leader of the probe team stated that several factors caused a delay in completing the report within the deadline. He also stated that the report is in the final stage and cannot reveal anything about the findings to the media unless the report is made public. Further, the government has taken an official position on this incident yet.

1.6 million doses of Astra Zeneca vaccines from Japan reached Nepal

Nepal received the final consignment of vaccines that Japan has pledged to Nepal through COVAX on August 23. Nepal received vaccines on four batches, 513,420, 333,900, 208,060 and 559,360 doses on August 7, 8, 21 and 23 respectively.

Former Ambassadors urges the government to initiate dialogues with the relevant countries to address the Afghan issue

Issuing a joint statement five former envoys have admonished the government of Nepal to take prompt initiations as the present chair of the SAARC to initiate talks with relevant countries to address the implications of the current situation in Afghanistan in August 24. The joint statement stated that the political takeover of the Taliban in Afghanistan is a matter of concern for all the SAARC states. The five former envoys include former envoys to Russia, India, the USA, UK, and China.

Hundreds of people gather near a U.S. Air Force C-17 transport plane at the perimeter of the international airport in Kabul, Afghanistan. A school district in a San Diego suburb that is home to a large refugee population says many of its families who had taken summer trips to Afghanistan to see their relatives have gotten stuck there with the chaos following the withdrawal of U.S. troops. Photo: AP

654 Nepalis evacuated from Afghanistan

A total number of 654 Nepalis have safely been brought back home yet. As per the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, 361 Nepalis have registered for evacuation. The government has formed a rescue task force to bring all the stranded Nepalis in Afghanistan back home. The evacuation is being done based on their registration in the online portal and their information provided by the Nepali Embassy in New Delhi. Nepal is receiving help from friendly nations in evacuating the Nepali nationals in Afghanistan.

BJP’s head of foreign affairs department met Nepali political leaders

India’s ruling party’s Foreign Affairs Department Chief Vijay Chauthaiwale visited Prime Minister and other political leaders including K.P. Sharma Oli, Pushpa Kamal Dahal, and Mahant Thakur intending to strengthen ties with Nepali political parties.

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