News Digest International Relations & Foreign Affairs (August 26 – September 1, 2021)

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Nepal received 80 million worth of relief materials

According to the Indian embassy in Kathmandu, India provided humanitarian support worth 80 million to families in 15 districts that were affected by floods and landslides. The humanitarian support includes a tent, plastic seat, sleeping mat, and medications.

Minister of State for Health Umesh Shrestha and Indian Ambassador to Nepal Vinay Mohan Kwatra at the Oxygen Plant Handover Ceremony for VP Koirala Institute of Health Sciences Lahan held at the Ministry of Health on Thursday. Picture: RSS

China and Nepal are planning on resuming projects under BRI

As per several government officials, Nepal and China are in the phase of exchanging draft implementation plans. Negotiation and execution of the projects are anticipated to start soon. The BRI projects in Nepal were surfacing sluggishly due to geopolitical reasons as India and the US believe that the BRI is a Chinese endeavor to exert influence in the region. However, the Deuba government is looking to start a minimum of two projects under BRI within this year.

130,000 doses of AstraZeneca vaccine procured from the UK

The UK as part of direct bilateral support provided 130,000 doses of the AstraZeneca vaccine to Nepal on August 26. The vaccine support from the UK was appreciated by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs as per the tweet of the Foreign Ministry.

The probe report suggests the involvement of security personnel in the Darchula incident

The media reports stated that Sashastra Seema Bal was involved in untangling the tuin. The probe team has finally submitted the report regarding the incident to the government. However, the government has been reluctant to take a stance and disclose the report to not rile India. The other coalition members are exerting pressure on Deuba to make the report public. As per the statement of the Home Ministry, the report has recommended providing compensation to Dhami’s family.

Nepal wedged in virus geopolitics

The Chinese embassy in Kathmandu stating on August 30 stated that over 80 countries, including Nepal, have objected to the attempts to politicize the origin of the virus and call for the Joint Report by the WHO-China joint study team to be maintained. China has been pushing Nepal to take a stance. However, analysts say Nepal cannot afford to antagonize either of the countries and should take up non-aligned foreign policy and remain far from the geopolitical rivalry.

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