Minister for Foreign Affairs Hon. Dr. Narayan Khadka addressed the High-level Commemorative Meeting of the Non-Aligned Movement on the occasion of its 60th anniversary held in Belgrade, Republic of Serbia today.
At the meeting, Hon. Minister, in his address, stated that sixty years down the road, while NAM has achieved in bringing freedom, independence and democracy for countries, the world today is witnessing rising ethnic and intra-state conflict, violent extremism, terrorism, climate change, economic recession and financial vulnerability, widening inequality between rich and poor and fuel and food crises of large proportion.
In his address, the Hon.Minister cautioned about resurfacing geopolitical tensions and new wave of competition among the great powers and emphasized that NAM should re-claim its rightful place and speak loudly and act decisively for the very poor, weak and vulnerable countries.
Hon. Minister also highlighted the issues of climate change and challenges posed by the covid-19 pandemic to mankind. He further underscored the need to galvanize South-South cooperation to liberate and uplift countries and peoples from the clutches of poverty, inequality and deprivation.
The High-level Commemorative Meeting commenced today and is scheduled to conclude tomorrow. Representatives from over 100 countries of the NAM Member States were present at the meeting.
Earlier, on the sideline of the meeting, Foreign Minister Khadka had a meeting with His Excellency Mr. Mevlüt Çavuşoğlu, Minister of Foreign Affairs of the Republic of Turkey. Both sides had a fruitful discussion on areas of mutual interest such as trade and tourism, economic cooperation, education and culture, among others.
Hon.Minister and members of the delegation are scheduled to leave tomorrow evening and will arrive in Kathmandu on Wednesday morning.
Ministry of Foreign Affairs
Singh Durbar, Kathmandu
11 October 2021