Foreign ministers arriving today

- POST REPORT, Kathmandu

Nov 23, 2014-

Foreign and external affairs ministers of the Saarc member countries will be arriving in Kathmandu on Monday to participate in the 36the session of the Saarc Council of Ministers. The one-day meeting is taking place on Tuesday.

The meeting will discuss entire gamut of Saarc agendas recommended by the two-day meeting of Saarc Standing Committee at the foreign secretary level and give the final touch to the Kathmandu Declaration of the 18th Saarc Summit.

Minister for Foreign Affairs Mahendra Bahadur Pandey will lead an 18-member Nepali delegation comprising senior government officials from various ministries, according to Ministry of Foreign Affairs.

External Affairs Minister of India Sushma Swaraj, adviser to the Pakistani PM on National Security and Foreign Affairs Sartaj Aziz, Foreign Minister of Bangladesh Abul Hassan Mahmood Ali and Bhutanese Foreign Minister Rinzin Dorje will be arriving on Monday. Similarly, Maldivian Foreign Minister Dunya Maumoon and Acting Foreign Minister of Afghanistan Zarar Ahmad Osmani will also arrive on the same day. Foreign Minister of Sri Lanka GL Peiris, however, will be arriving on Tuesday.

Security has been strengthened at Tribhuvan International Airport, Soaltee hotel and other places in the Capital keeping in view the arrivals of foreign ministers. The only one international airport in Kathmandu has been kept on high vigil and mobility of general public in the area has been curtailed from Sunday itself.

According to a senior Home Ministry official, several international and domestic flights will be rescheduled during the summit. A security officials at the airport said no private or public vehicles or those ferrying tourists are allowed to park on the TIA premises from Sunday until the conclusion of the regional meet. The parking space for such vehicles has temporarily been managed outside the TIA around the main gate. Outbound passengers have to take private or public vehicles up to the TIA gate and passengers landing at the airport have to take public, private or tourist vehicles from the same point.

Meanwhile, authorities have asked all international and domestic airlines to reschedule their flights particularly from Monday until the summit concludes. Airlines companies are told to reschedule their flights on Tuesday, when all seven heads of the state and government will arrive in Kathmandu.

Nepal Army is taking a lead to ensure security at the airport, summit venue City Hall and Soaltee hotel where the heads of the state and government will be staying.

Security agencies and government officials will conduct rehearsal at TIA on Monday on how to receive and welcome the VIPs and VVIPs, and also conduct a dummy motorcade exercise form TIA to Soaltee hotel. Prime Minister Sushil Koirala, along with first lady Sujata Koirala, will participate in a rehearsal related to receiving the VVIPs at City Hall.

Election bodies’ meet next week

KATHMANDU: The heads of election bodies of eight Saarc member countries united under the banner of Forum of Election Management Bodies of South Asia (FEMBoSA) are meeting next week in Kathmandu to discuss the state of party finance and electoral reform in the region.

Nepal is going to present its views on party finance, the thematic issue of the meeting, and heads of other election bodies will share their experiences on the matter, according to Chief Election Commissioner Neel Kantha Uprety. The election bodies from the region will also share their expertise on electoral reform in the two-day conference that kicks off on November 29. “FEMBoSA’s fourth meeting concluded in October last year had chosen party finance as thematic topic of this meeting. Based on previous decisions, the election bodies will discuss models and pros and cons of party finance in their respective nation,” Uprety said.

Bhutan, which currently heads the forum, is presenting its own report on gender issues and election in the region. FEMBoSA was formed in 2005 to share experiences and cooperate in enhancing capabilities to conduct free and fair elections. As a per the forum’s statute, Bhutan is handing over leadership to Nepal for a year.

Published: 24-11-2014 09:07

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