Minister for Foreign Affairs Mahendra Bahadur Pandey talking to journalists before leaving for Indonesia to attend ministerial meeting of the 60th Asian-African Conference and 10th anniversary of the New Asian-African Strategic Partnership (NAASP), at the Tribhuvan International Airport in Kathmandu on Saturday, April 18, 2015.
RASTRIYA SAMACHAR SAMITI
KATHMANDU: Minister for Foreign Affairs, Mahendra Bahadur Pandey, has left for Indonesia to attend ministerial meeting of the 60th Asian-African Conference and 10th anniversary of the New Asian-African Strategic Partnership (NAASP).
The conference is taking place in Bandung and Jakarta of Indonesia from April 19 to 24 with the theme "South-South Cooperation Strengthen for World Peace and Prosperity."
Prime Minister Sushil Koirala is scheduled to leave for Indonesia on April 20 leading the Nepali delegation.
Minister Pandey said a meeting of senior government officers under the conference would be held in Jakarta on April 19, and Acting Secretary at the Foreign Ministry, Shankar Das Bairagi, is participating in the meeting from Nepal.
The agendas raised by the senior government officers' meeting would be presented in the ministerial meeting scheduled on April 20.
Similarly, the agendas approved by the ministerial meeting would be presented at the meeting of the heads of the governments on April 22 and 23, added Minister Pandey.
Chief of Protocol, Arjun Kanta Mainali, as well as senior officers at the Ministry saw off Minister Pandey at the VIP longue at Tribhuvan International Airport today.
Expressing belief that the conference would be a milestone to take the mutual relations between Asian and African countries to a new height, Pandey said Nepal would ask for required support to graduate itself to the status of the developing country from the status of the least developed country by 2022.