News Digest – International Relations & Foreign Affairs (November 5 – 11)


Naravane’s meeting with PM Oli: The meeting between PM Oli and Indian Army Chief Naravane was supposed to be a courtesy call. However, it was difficult to resist the “elephant in the room”, and PM Oli brought up the border issue as he communicated Nepal’s stance on resolving the dispute. Oli suggested that misunderstandings can be resolved through dialogue. Rajan Bhattarai, the foreign relations advisor to the PM, further added the need to resume high-level visits between India and Nepal.

US policy towards Nepal will remain untouched: As the democratic candidate, Joe Biden, wins elections in the United States, observers have anticipated that the foreign policy will remain unchanged and stable for Nepal. However, there will be a significant shift in style and conduct of foreign policy. Having said that, the US’s foreign policy shift towards China and India could have repercussions in Nepal. Experts have anticipated a more significant push for MCC to counter China’s BRI.

India-Nepal a step closer to reviving relations: After the visit of Indian Army Chief Naravane, Indian foreign secretary is expected to visit Nepal during the last week of the month to restore the bilateral and historical ties. However, the Ministry of Foreign Affairs has not revealed much about the visit, and no official announcement has been made yet. According to the sources, the meeting’s agenda will not solely emphasise on the border issue. This meeting will pave the way for further high-level dialogue to resolve the disputes.

NC accused of spreading anti-China sentiments: Chinese Media Global Times released a report accusing Nepali Congress of spreading “rumours” regarding the Chinese encroachment of land in Humla, Nepal which was later hyped by other media sources. The report further added that Congress politicians had tampered with the initial reports citing encroachment of land which was later annulled when another team that visited the area denied the allegations. NC leaders were criticised for blindly following US and Indian orders.

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