Uplift status of indigenous people: Pandey

- POST REPORT, Kathmandu
Uplift status of indigenous people: Pandey

Sep 24, 2014-

Foreign Affairs Minister Mahendra Bahadur Pandey, addressing the High Level Plenary Meeting of the General Assembly on the World Conference on Indigenous Peoples in New York on Tuesday, called for the overall upliftment of the status of indigenous people.

According to Nepal’s Permanent Mission in New York, Pandey highlighted Nepal’s commitment to address indigenous people’s concerns through various constitutional, legal and administrative measures.

Pandey also met with Spanish Foreign Minister Jose Manuel-Margallo on Tuesday and emphasized the need to strengthen relations between the two countries further through economic relations and people-to-people contact. During the meeting, the Spanish side mentioned the cooperation agreement proposed between the two countries.

Highlighting the importance of tourism in Nepali economy, Pandey sought Spain’s support to lift the restrictions imposed by the EU on the Nepali aviation sector on safety ground. He also expressed concerns over the trade barriers that are impeding the volume of trade with the EU as well as the decreasing aid to least developed countries and expressed hope that Spain, as an important member of the EU, would play an a constructive role.

Pandey also held a separate meeting with UAE’s Foreign Affairs Minister Sheikh Abdullah Bin Zayed Nahyan in New York.

During the meeting, Pandey said that Nepal attaches importance to its relations with the UAE and highlighted the need to recognise the role of migrant workers in the development of both the sending and receiving countries and to pay due attention to their welfare, according to a statement issued by Nepali Mission in New York.

On the occasion, Sheikh Abdullah stated that the UAE was considering opening an embassy in Nepal and looking for opportunity to invest in areas such as hydropower and tourism. He also underlined the need to sign the Double Taxation Avoidance Agreement and Air Service Agreement between the two countries. He also hoped for Nepal’s strong presence in the Expo 2020 in the UAE.

Pandey also met with Erik Solheim, chairman of the Development Assistance Committee of the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development.

Published: 25-09-2014 09:16

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