The Canadian government has planned to establish the residential diplomatic mission in Nepal.
During a meeting with State Minister of Labor and Employment Tek Bahadur Gurung, on Monday, Canadian Minister of Labour and Minister of Status of Women Dr Kellie Leitch informed that her government would set up the embassy in near future in Nepal. The visiting Canadian Minister also held separate meeting with Minister for Women, Children and Social Welfare Neelam KC at the latter’s office.
Nepal had established the residential embassy in Ottawa in 2009 during the Pushpa Kamal Dahal-led government. Former Chief Secretary Bhoj Raj Ghimire was appointed the first Nepali residential ambassador to Canada. Joint Secretary at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs Kali Prasad Pokharel was appointed Nepal’s Ambassador to Canada after Ghimire’s four-year tenure expired two years ago.
The Canadian embassy in New Delhi has been concurrently accredited to Nepal so far. Earlier, the Canadian government had closed its consulate office in Nepal and decided to discontinue its bilateral assistance to Nepal.
According to officials at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, the Canadian government has shown interest to hire workers from Nepal in the wake of the devastating earthquake.