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Dahal tells Sharma to resign as persona non grata looms over her

  Nepal's envoy to Qatar likely to lose her job

THT ONLINE

"Chairman Dahal called up Ambassador Maya Kumari Sharma this morning‚ and suggested her to resign and return to Kathmandu"

KATHMANDU: Nepal's controversial ambassador to Qatar, Maya Kumari Sharma, is likely to lose her job after Qatar hinted that she would have to face persona non grata if Kathmandu did not withdraw her.

Qatari Ambassador to Nepal, Ahmad Jasim Mohammed Ali Al Hamar, recently met Minister for Foreign Affairs Madhav Prasad Ghimire and requested in writing to withdraw Ambassador Sharma from the Doha-based Nepali mission, according to the Annapurna Post.

Meanwhile, UCPN-Maoist Chairman Pushpa Kamal Dahal on Friday suggested Sharma to put in papers.

"Chairman Dahal called up Ambassador Maya Kumari Sharma this morning, and suggested her to resign and return to Kathmandu," Shiva Khakurel, Dahal's personal aide, told THT Online.

A meeting of the top Maoist leaders had discussed the controversy related to Sharma this morning, and concluded that it would be better if she was recalled.

Sharma had won the diplomatic berth on the party's quota though she did not have any diplomatic experience. She was appointed the Nepali ambassador to Qatar by the Baburam Bhattarai-led government in May last year.

The Nepali diaspora in Qatar has been complaining about Sharma's undiplomatic modus operandi and unprofessional behaviour. To settle her personal scores, she had asked the Qatar government to deport a Nepali migrant worker, who criticised her for her ineptness.

Also, in an interview with the BBC Media Action's talk show Sajha Sawal, she had tactlessly said that Qatar was an 'open jail' for Nepali workers.

Qatar had taken exception to her remarks and had asked the Nepal government to take action against her four months ago. Subsequently, MoFA had sought clarification from her.

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