News Digest: International Relations & Foreign Affairs (June 17-23)

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False rumors about procuring vaccine from China

The Ministry of Health and Population released a press statement on June 17 stating that the news which has been circulating in the media with regard to procurement of 4 million doses of COVID-19 vaccine from China is false. The government has not come up with the decision to procure vaccines from other states including China. The discussion with regard to the same is underway.

Minister for Health and Population, Sher Bahadur Tamang, being handed over the health materials by the representatives of the European Union at Tribhuvan International Airport. Photo: RSS

Nepal received medical supplies from Denmark and Ireland

Denmark and Ireland provided essential medical supplies and equipment to Nepal under the European Union’s Civil Protection Mechanism on June 18. Denmark has provided 26 ventilators, 50 nasal flow canula and other essential medical supplies. Likewise, Ireland provided 72 oxygen concentrators, 44 ventilators, 12 BPAP machines, 400 oximeters and other essential supplies.

Foreign Minister attended UNGA event on LDCs 

Foreign Minister in the Joint Thematic Event of the UN General Assembly and Economic and Social Council on Least Developed Countries conveyed that upgrading Nepal from thee LDC would be a significant breakthrough for the country. He also conveyed that Nepal is hopeful that development partners will continue to support and fulfil their commitment regarding investment in various sectors like infrastructure, connectivity, energy, capacity building and trade.

Nepal sent diplomatic note to India over Mahakali Border construction

Nepal has communicated its concerns over the blasts on the India territory that has caused difficulties to the Nepali citizens and damages to the Nepali territory through a diplomatic note to India. The Ministry of Foreign Affairs has also suggested a joint inspection of the area where India is building various infrastructure and roads. These diplomatic notes have been sent multiple times in the past as well.  However, Nepal does not receive any response from India.

Nepal remains silent on Myanmar resolution at UN

Nepal has abstained from voting on UN resolution against the grave human rights violation committed by junta in Myanmar. The decision of Nepal reflects poorly on its commitment to human rights and democracy, as it is a member of UN Human Rights Council as well.

Nepal missing from America’s vaccine distribution list

America has announced to provide additional 55 million doses of vaccine to various countries. White house released the details of vaccine distribution on June 21. However, Nepal is not included in the list of the countries that are directly receiving vaccines from America. While in South Asia countries like Afghanistan, Bangladesh and Pakistan are directly receiving vaccines from America.

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