We are giving safe passage to Tibetans on humanitarian grounds only: Foreign Minister Pandey


Mahendra_Bahadur_Pandey-Profile_375Foreign Minister Mahendra Bahadur Pandey has made it clear that Nepal is providing shelter to refugees in Nepal on humanitarian grounds only despite the fact that Nepal is not a party to 1951 Refugee Convention and its additional protocols.

During a meeting with the visiting delegation of the European Parliament for South Asia, the foreign minister also expressed commitment for not allowing Nepal’s territory against neighbouring or any other countries in the name of ‘human rights’ of refugees.

During the meeting, the European Parliament members expressed concern over what they call ‘crackdown’ against Tibetans by the Nepal Police in Nepal.

“The EU MPs had queries about the situation of the Tibetans residing in Nepal. I made it clear that we don’t allow Nepal’s territory against neighboring or any other countries in the name of ‘human rights’ of refugees,” Foreign Minister Pandey told reporters following the meeting.

The delegation had visited the Tibetan Reception Centre in Kathmandu on Wednesday.

Even though Nepal has been adhering One-China Policy for long and doesn’t allow any kind of anti-China activities in her territory, the European Union expresses concern over Tibetans in Nepal in the name of ‘human rights’.

The European Parliamentarians also expressed concern over the human rights of Nepali migrant workers based in Qatar. “I conveyed them that the government of Nepal is committed toward protecting human rights of Nepali migrant workers not only in Qatar but also in other parts of the world,” Pandey said.

Four members of the Delegation for Relations with the Countries of South Asia of the European Parliament (EP) arrived in Nepal on a four-day visit on Wednesday.

The group is composed of Jean Lambert (UK), Chairperson of the above-mentioned Delegation, Cristian Dan Preda (Romania), Afzal Khan (UK) and Thomas Mann (Germany).

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