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Nepal’s new Foreign Minister Narayan Khadka said this about relations with India-China

Nepal New Foreign Minister: Nepal’s newly-appointed Foreign Minister Narayan Khadka said on Wednesday that he would work towards building friendly and balanced relations with India and China and building national consensus with political parties on matters related to foreign relations. President Vidya Devi Bhandari appointed Khadka on the recommendation of the government led by Prime Minister Sher Bahadur Deuba. The President administered the oath of office and secrecy to Khadka, 72, at an official ceremony at Sheetal Niwas on Wednesday.

Speaking to reporters after taking charge on Wednesday, the External Affairs Minister said that he would work towards ensuring very friendly, accessible and balanced relations with his two neighboring countries, India and China.

According to the report of ‘MyRepublica website’, the foreign minister said that the foreign policy of a country is not that of any particular political party and he will work towards building a national consensus with other political parties on matters related to foreign relations.

Significantly, in a meeting of top leaders of the ruling party’s coalition at Deuba’s residence in Baluvatar on Tuesday evening, the Prime Minister had proposed Khadka’s name as Nepal’s new foreign minister. Khadka has a PhD in economics from a university in Pune. Till now, the charge of foreign minister was with the Prime Minister.

More than two months after the formation of the new government under Deuba’s leadership, the foreign minister’s post was still vacant. With the appointment of Khadka, the government now has a total of seven ministers, including Deuba and a minister of state. Khadka had been an advisor to the then Prime Minister Krishna Prasad Bhattarai in 1990. He was also the Minister of Urban Development in 2014.

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