The Secretary-General met yesterday with H.E. Mr. Narayan Kaji Shrestha, Deputy Prime Minister and Minister for Foreign Affairs of the Federal Democratic Republic of Nepal.
The Deputy Prime Minister expressed appreciation for the role of the United Nations in Nepal’s peace process, including through the United Nations Mission in Nepal (UNMIN). He briefed the Secretary-General on current efforts to end the political deadlock and to move forward, including possibly through new elections.
The Secretary-General was encouraged by the new efforts and urged the Nepalese parties to complete the peace process.
They also exchanged views on Nepal’s economic and social situation in the country, including the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs). The Secretary-General underscored the importance of Member State action on sustainable development and climate change.
The Secretary-General expressed his appreciation for Nepal’s significant contribution to United Nations peacekeeping and to other parts of the System.