The Parliamentary Hearing Committee in Kathmandu, Nepal, has summoned the Foreign Minister, Mr. N.P. Saud, to discuss the necessity of opening a Nepalese embassy in Portugal. This summons comes on the back of a meeting held on Thursday, during which UML parliamentarian Mahesh Bartaula raised concerns about the potential financial implications of such a move. Bartaula questioned the government's decision to establish a new embassy in Portugal, especially in light of the nation's current financial challenges.
Concerns Over New Embassy
Bartaula's argument centers around the financial strain that opening a new embassy could place on the government. He suggested that such a move would constitute an additional burden, adding to the challenges already faced by the nation. Despite these concerns, the government has already decided to open an embassy in Portugal and has recommended Sunil Nepal for the ambassadorial position.
Dialogue with the Foreign Minister
During the committee's meeting, Congress parliamentarian Gyanendra Bahadur Karki also emphasized the need for a dialogue with the Foreign Minister on this issue. In response to these concerns, the committee has scheduled a discussion with the Foreign Minister, the complainants against the proposed ambassador, and a hearing for the ambassador nominee for Friday.
The ongoing debate around the establishment of a new Nepalese embassy in Portugal underscores the complex challenges faced by the government. With the discussion scheduled for Friday, all eyes will be on the Parliamentary Hearing Committee, the Foreign Minister, and the proposed ambassador as they navigate this contentious issue.