News Digest: International Relations & Foreign Affairs (July 29 – August 4, 2021)

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Nepal receives 800 units of oxygen cylinders

The United Nations Population Fund has provided 800 units of oxygen cylinders and RS 11.9 million worth medical equipment to Nepal government.

3.2 million Doses of vaccines being delivered from China and Japan

According to the Home Minister, Nepal will receive a total of 3.2 million Doses of vaccines within a week. Out of the total vaccine, 1.6 million will be provided by China and other 1.6 million will be provided by Japan. Further, the process for obtaining 4 million Doses of vaccines has also been initiated.

Nepal to obtain 6 million Doses of Pfizer vaccines

Nepal Government is preparing to obtain 6 million doses of Pfizer-BioNtech vaccine form the US. The Government plans to administer this vaccine to Children above 12 years of age.

Darchula incident brought unaddressed issues between India and Nepal to the fore

India’s Sashastra Seema Bal reportedly demolished improvised cable crossing, which led to a youth from Darchula to go missing. Nepal has not provided any strong reaction rather Ministry of Homa Affairs has admonished to everyone to apply caution while reporting the incident. The Government has stated that the investigation is going on and a letter is sent to Indian counterpart seeking truth and facts related to the incident. This incident has drawn much attention and is a geopolitically sensitive issue.

US State Secretary called Prime Minister Deuba

US State Secretary Antony Blinken, after landing to New Delhi called PM Deuba and discussed various issues including COVID-19 vaccines support, other covid-19 assistance and climate change. The duo also talked about the Nepal’s development projects, while Blinken stressed upon the US cooperation and the MCC. Further, Nepali PM also sought for more vaccine support.                                                                       

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