The Parliamentary Hearing Special Committee has unanimously endorsed former foreign minister Mahendra Bahadur Pandey for envoy to China.
The committee did not receive any complaint against Pandey who promised to work considering Nepal's sovereignty and freedom during the hearing at the Singha Durbar on Monday.
"I had prepared separate terms of references for envoys to different countries. I will work in China in accordance to that," he stated. "We should work with China to arrange high-level visits, form common mechanisms, and for bilateral agreements and additional assistance," he pointed.
"I believe that a country should have a permanent foreign policy," he stressed.
Lawmakers asked questions about China and India signing agreement about Lipu Lekh without knowledge of Nepal during the hearing. "I as a foreign minister wrote to the two countries stating that Lipu Lekh belongs to Nepal when China and India signed the bilateral agreement," he said. "China had responded that it can be discussed but India did not respond. I will obviously be concerned about this issue."
Pandey will now be appointed by the president. He will serve as residential ambassador to China and non-residential envoy to North Korea and Mongolia
Published Date: Monday, Chaitra 10, 2076, 14:36:00