News Digest: International Relations & Foreign Affairs (January 6 – 12, 2022)

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Prime Minister Sher Bahadur Deuba’s visit to India was canceled after the Gujrat state government suspended the Vibrant Gujrat Summit due to increasing Covid-19 cases. However, both the countries have laid the basis for PM’s visit, such as signing eight memorandums of understanding in various sectors. Thus, Deuba is likely to visit India soon.

Foreign Minister Narayan Khadka and His Indian counterpart, S. Jaishankar, discussed bilateral issues like development projects and post-earthquake reconstruction over a telephone conversation.

The bridge collapse around the Rani customs points has affected the imports and exports from the Biratnagar customs point. As per Morang’s chief districts officer, a team is sent to monitor the condition and is corresponding with the Indian officials about the status bridge status.

The Israeli government opened a Research and Development center in Kathmandu with a high-tech classroom comprising laptops, webcams, digital display screens, built-in sound systems, glass boards, and other required equipment.

Secretary-general of the Bay of Bengal Initiative for (BIMSTEC), Tenzin Lekphell, and PM Deuba held a courtesy meeting. PM Deuba stated that Nepal would thoroughly partake in regional forums such as BIMSTEC and vowed Nepal’s complete dedication and positive cooperation for the organization’s procedures to achieve future advancements.

A group comprising cyclists, people with disabilities, environmentalists, and artists organized a demonstration calling it a “civic concern march” using the US Aid logo on January 8. They demanded that Kalanki-Maharajgunj Ring Road be friendly for persons with disability, cyclists, and pedestrians. However, US Aid refuted its involvement in organizing such demonstrations and stated that they are investigating the matter thoroughly.

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