Kathmandu, Oct 4 – Prime Minister KP Sharma Oli has described his visit to the UNGA in New York, USA and to Costa Rica as highly fruitful and successful in promoting the interest of Nepal.
Talking to journalists upon arrival at the Tribhuvan International Airport after attending the 73rd session of the UN General Assembly today, Prime Minister Oli said Nepal was able to draw the attention of the world towards the problems facing the least developed and landlocked countries, while strongly raising the need for additional support to such countries.
“During the UNGA, I also shared about the developments in Nepal including the end to political crisis, management of conflict and conclusion of the peace process, independent foreign policy and increased access to world forum, and the goal of economic prosperity and good governance policy adopted by the country,” he said.
In course of his address to the UNGA, Prime Minister Oli said he laid special stress on wiping out poverty and inequality through the medium of international cooperation, technology transfer and investment, so as to address the problems facing today’s world. “Pointing out the need for resources to achieve the SDGs by minimizing the impact of climate change, I put forth Nepal’s views clearly on various global issues including human rights and terrorist,” he said.
Lauding the role played by the UN in addressing the ultra poor and vulnerable countries of the world, the Prime Minister appealed for international support and good will in order to achieve the goal of ‘prosperous Nepal, happy Nepalis.’
In a separate meeting with the UN Secretary General António Guterres, Prime Minister Oli discussed possible cooperation and collaboration between Nepal and the UN in peace and development. In course of the UNGA, the Prime Minister met and held talks with the heads of state and governments of Canada, Switzerland, Britain and Cambodia, among others.
The Prime Minister delivered a public lecture on peace, democracy and development of Nepal at an event hosted by the Asia Society in New York.
In addition to the participation in the UNGA, the PM held an official visit to Costa Rica at the invitation of President of Costa Rica Carlos Alvarado Quesada. During the visit, discussion was held on the expansion and strengthening of bilateral relations and cooperation in the bilateral and multilateral forums on the issues of climate change, women empowerment, rule of law, nuclear nonproliferation, agriculture and peace.
The PM addressed a special ceremony organized at the University for Peace at San Jose in Costa Rica attended by the intellectual, representatives of diplomatic missions, high level government officials and students.
The PM further informed that it was a great opportunity to share Nepal’s change, aspiration for development and the policy and programmes of the government. Also the visit was useful to garner support and assistance for the current government from the international community to expedite development and graduate Nepal to the status of a developing country by 2022 and achieve the sustainable development goals.
The message of proper time at current state in Nepal was spread from the high level, the Foreign Minister informed on behalf of the PM, adding that Nepal underscored the central role of the UN on coordination and cooperation on the multi lateral issues and the agenda which are being pressing.
PM Oli was welcomed home by the Speaker, Chairman of the National Assembly, Deputy Prime Minister Ishwor Pokhrel, ministers, CPN leaders, lawmakers, chiefs of the constitutional bodies, chiefs of the security agencies and high level government officials.
A contingent of Nepal Army accorded a guard of honour to the PM.