News Digest International Relations & Foreign Affairs (December 2 – 7, 2021)


Nepal received 972,000 doses of Covishield and AstraZeneca vaccine from the COVAX facility. The vaccine is a part of 6 million vaccine doses that the United Nations-supported international vaccine-sharing scheme has promised to provide to Nepal.

Turkey is going to open an embassy in Kathmandu. The Turkish Ambassador to New Delhi, who oversees Turkey-Nepal relations, stated that Turkey and Nepal’s bilateral, multi-lateral, commercial, and economic ties are good. Next year marks the 60th year of the Turkey- Nepal diplomatic relations.

The Board of Directors of the Millennium Challenge Corporation (MCC) is holding a meeting in New York on December 28. They have included Nepal as a part of their agenda of the meeting. Amid pressure from MCC Vice President Fatima Sumar and US Assistant Secretary of State Donald LU to make a timely decision, the Nepal agenda entered the board meeting.

US Assistant Secretary of State Lu conveyed the message that the US will not wait long for the ratification of the MCC. On November 19, in a press meet, he told a clear message to all the leaders that MCC will be given to another country if Nepal does not want it. He also said that even if Nepal does not accept MCC, it will not affect Nepal-US relations.

The operational delay of the Nepal-India Cross Border Railway continues since the Nepal Railway Company still has not hired the necessary personnel to operate the railway service. On December 1, the government again presented an ordinance for establishing institutional and operational mechanisms. However, no further steps have been taken.

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