MoFA to ask for UK envoy’s take

- POST REPORT, Kathmandu
MoFA to ask for UK envoy’s take

Dec 14, 2014-

The Ministry of Foreign Affairs has decided to ask for an explanation from British Ambassador Andrew Sparkes who, in his recent opinion piece on an English daily, had called on the Constituent Assembly members of Nepal to ensure in new constitution that the people’s rights to change religion and express their opinions are protected.

The writeup has rubbed some section of political class the wrong way, particularly those advocating for a pro-Hindu agenda. A Hindu outfit even burnt his effigy in Biratnagar on Sunday.  

Foreign Minister Mahendra Bahadur Pandey has said that his ministry was planning to summon the British envoy and ask him what was it that he wanted to convey through his article published on the occasion of the International Human Rights Day.

“We want to know why he needed to make such a statement at a time when we are seriously engaging in constitution drafting process,” Pandey said.

Rastriya Prajatantra Party-Nepal Chairman Kamal Thapa has also taken exception to the opinion piece by British ambassador. He called on Prime Minister Sushil Koirala on Sunday and drew the latter’s attention to the issue.

Prime Minister Sushil Koirala, too, expressed concern over Sparkes’ “controversial statement”, and assured Thapa that the government will seek clarification from him through a proper channel. RPP-N Joint-spokesperson Mohan Shrestha said Prime Minister Koirala has assured to warn Sparkes from making remarks on such sensitive issues in the coming days.

Published: 15-12-2014 09:20

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