Press Release on high-level meetings on the 74th session of the UNGA

Press Release

While many leaders continued their address to the General Debate in its second day, Nepali delegation to the 74th session of the UNGA took part in a series of high-level meetings on the sidelines today.

As part of making diplomatic relations as wider as possible, Nepal and Ghana established formal diplomatic relations today. Hon. Pradeep Kumar Gyawali, Minister for Foreign Affairs of Nepal and H.E. Shirley Ayorkor Botchwey, Foreign Minister of Ghana signed a Joint Communiqué to that effect. With this development, the number of countries Nepal has established diplomatic relations has now reached 168. The two ministers also held a bilateral meeting prior to the signing of the Communiqué. They also shared the confidence that the diplomatic ties will help bring the two countries and peoples closer on the bilateral front, while continuing their collaboration at multilateral forums.

The Foreign Minister addressed the annual Ministerial Meeting of the Landlocked Developing Countries (LLDCs), where he stated that the infrastructure gap in LLDCs compared to other countries is the highest. In this regard, the Minister highlighted the need of building connectivity, including through durable and effective partnership between and among LLDCs and their transit and development partners. The Meeting was attended by foreign ministers and other high-level representatives of LLDCs and transit as well as development partners and UN system entities.

The Hon. Minister held separate bilateral meetings with his counterparts of Bahrain, Norway, Saudi Arabia and Venezuela.

In his meeting with H.E. Khalid bin Ahmed Al Khalifa, Minister of Foreign Affairs of Bahrain, the two sides discussed various matters of common concerns, from labour relations to promotion of trade, tourism and investment. The two ministers agreed to expediting pending agreements and further work closely for more cooperation and collaboration, including through exchanging high-level visits.

Similarly, further strengthening bilateral relations through more cooperation and collaboration emerged prominently in the talks between the Hon. Minister and H.E. Dr. Ibrahim bin Abdulaziz Al-Assaf, Minister of Foreign Affairs of Saudi Arabia. The two ministers also agreed to expedite finalizing agreements that are currently in the pipeline.

The meeting with the Norwegian Minister for International Development H.E. Dag Inge Ulstein focused on areas of cooperation, including in investment as well as collaboration at multilateral forums such as the United Nations. They also shared their views on various international issues, particularly climate change.

The Foreign Minister and his Venezuelan counterpart H.E. Jorge Alberto Arreaza Montserrat exchanged views on various matters of mutual interest.

Later in the evening today, the Hon. Minister participated in a ‘High-level Dialogue on Peace Operations: Enhancing Partnerships between the UN and International, Regional and Sub-Regional Organizations’ organized by International Peace Institute (IPI) and expressed Nepal’s commitment to continued participation at UN peace operations with a view to further contributing towards global peace and stability.

Hon. Upendra Yadav, Deputy Prime Minister and Minister for Health and Population attended an event on ‘Innovation, Decentralization and Sustainable Financing: Keys to Unlocking Sustainable Healthcare’ and delivered a statement. In his statement, the Deputy Prime Minister underlined the role of capacity building, health equipment, health infrastructure etc. in effective delivery of public health services.

New York
25 September 2019