News Digest – International Relations & Foreign Affairs (June 24-30, 2021)

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Nepal received essential supplies from Canada

Canada has provided 27 ventilators, 15,048 face shields and 1,890 disposable gowns to Nepal on June 27. Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Nepal issued a press release on June 28 expressing gratitude to Canadian government for the cooperation and efforts to help Nepal fight against the pandemic.

Nepal received medical supplies from Italy

Italy provided 20 ventilators, 6,000 isolation gowns and 10,000 protective supplies. Post receiving of the supplies, Ministry of Foreign Affairs issued a statement stating that “The government of Nepal is thankful to the Italian government and people of Italy for their generous support of life-saving materials received at this hour of difficulty.”

Health items handed over to Nepal by Italy under the European Union (EU) at the Tribhuvan International Airport. Photo: RSS

Vaccines to be provided in northern border to resume Nepal-China trade

50 thousands citizens at the northern border to receive Vero cell vaccine in order to resume trade relation with China. The inhabitants at the northern border have people-level relationship with China as well and China has announced that Chinese visa will be provided only to those who have taken Chinese Vaccine. Therefore, to ease the cross-border movement, government is providing Vero cell vaccine to the Northern border.

China discussed BRI with thirty countries in Asia Pacific including Nepal

China organised a high level summit with Ministers of Foreign Affairs and Finance Ministers of 30 countries in Asia Pacific including Nepal. The Summit was organised to discuss about BRI and COVID-19 pandemic after the G-7 put forth B-3W project to counter BRI. In the summit the Chinese President highlighted the major principles of BRI project and also acknowledged the delay in BRI projects due to the on-going pandemic.

India to provide vaccines to Nepal in mid-August

According to The Print, India will provide Serum Institute manufactured Covishield vaccines to Nepal, Bangladesh and Sri Lanka in mid-August. India has so far provided 2.1 million doses of vaccines to Nepal. However, Nepal is yet to receive 1 million doses of vaccines from India which is already paid for.

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