Govt briefs diplomatic community, extends all necessary supports


Nepal Foreign Affairs (KATHMANDU, 16 March 2020) – The Government has expressed commitment to extending all necessary supports, within the maximum extent of our capacity, to the diplomatic community for the protection of their staff and the family members living in Nepal.

This includes the staff of the UN agencies, development partners and other foreign entities working in Nepal and their family members. Briefing to the diplomatic community and development partners in Kathmandu on Monday about the preparedness against coronavirus and its possible socio-economic impacts in Nepal, the Foreign Secretary Shanker Das Bairagi said that there was no problem in health security for the international community.

On the occasion, Foreign Secretary Bairagi said, “Their safety and security is our utmost priority. In keeping with the provisions of relevant international instruments and the established practices, I would like to assure you all that the life, property and dignity of the diplomatic community and international staff will be protected in all circumstances, including in time of emergency. We appreciate your understanding and continued cooperation in this regard. ”

Similarly, the high-level officials of the Health and Population Ministry, Finance Ministry, Home Ministry and Ministry of Culture, Tourism and Civil Aviation informed the diplomatic community and development partners about various issues including hospitals, emergency service, awareness, hygiene, health workers and training, equipment, impacts made by corona virus on economy, visa, travel permission and health test in all border points including Tribhuvan International Airport.

Present on the occasion were ambassadors of Australia, France, Germany, Egypt, North Korea, representatives from European Union, Secretary-General of SAARC, Country Director of the World Bank and representatives of other diplomatic missions.

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