Govt postpones Bimstec Summit

- Post Report, Kathmandu

Sep 8, 2016-

The planned fourth Bay of Bengal Initiative for Multi-Sectoral Technical and Economic Cooperation (Bimstec) Summit in Nepal has been postponed until further notice.

The summit has been postponed due to some other obligations of the government and reasons related to other member countries, Foreign Ministry Spokesperson Bharat Raj Poudyal confirmed, adding that the member countries will be advised shortly about the next suitable date for the event.

The ministry had earlier said that the venue and date would be decided during the bloc’s foreign secretary level meeting in Kathmandu in August. But the meeting could not take place after some member states intended to send junior officials, a senior official told the Post. Some member states proposed to send officials of ambassadorial and joint secretary ranks to the foreign secretary level meeting which we denied as such precedent would have further ramification in other higher-level meetings, the official added. “Besides, a member state was reluctant to participate in the summit, leading to its postponement.”

Nepal had made commitment to play host to the fourth meeting during the third Bimstec Summit in Myanmar in 2014. Nepal is the current chair of the regional body which has India, Bhutan, Bangladesh, Myanmar, Sri Lanka and Thailand as members. Officials attribute the summit’s postponement to Prime Minister Pushpa Kamal Dahal’s busy schedule with commitments to attend at least five international meetings as well as pressing domestic issues.

Published: 08-09-2016 08:41

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