The foreign ministry wants Nepal to have its own diplomatic protocol just like any other nation. In 2016, then foreign minister Kamal Thapa decided to revisit the code of conduct with a view to implementing it, however, it did not materialise. Later, Prakash Sharan Mahat and Krishna Bahadur Mahara as foreign ministers also tried revising it, but without success.
The foreign affairs ministry has dispatched seven section officers to all the seven provinces to ensure that chief ministers, ministers and officials abide by the diplomatic code while meeting with foreign dignitaries, the Post said.
Right from the President to party leaders, parliamentarians, constitutional bodies, office bearers, officials above the under-secretary level and officials of security agencies — all would have to abide by the new code.
The decision on overhauling the structure was made after Chinese ambassador Hou Yanqi reached out to Nepal Communist Party leader Jhala Nath Khanal in July, continuing her outreach to NCP leaders who had joined hands to push out Prime Minister KP Sharma Oli. The meetings had triggered criticism, raising questions on the envoy’s role in the internal politics
of the Himalayan kingdom.
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