Kathmandu: Nepali ministers and officials from Prime Minister Pushpa Kamal Dahal to Foreign Minister NP Said asked the Qatar’s State Minister for Foreign Affairs, Soltan bin Saad Al-Muraikhi, to take initiatives for the release of Bipin Joshi from the captivity of Hamas. Al-Muraikhi was in Kathmandu this week.
On Friday, Prime Minister Pushpa Kamal Dahal ‘Prachanda’ requested Qatari government for its cooperation in securing the release of Bipin Joshi from the captivity of Hamas. PM Dahal made such request during a courtesy call he was paid by the visiting Minister of State for Foreign Affairs of Qatar, Soltan bin Saad Al-Muraikhi. The PM appreciated Qatar’s mediation in humanitarian pause in Gaza and release of hostages
Earlier, Al-Muraikhi called Minister for Foreign Affairs, NP Saud, at the latter’s office. Besides complimenting Qatar’s role in easing the situation in Gaza and the release of the hostages, the Minister reiterated the request for Qatar’s facilitation for the early release of Bipin Joshi. The Qatari side informed their continuous efforts in releasing the hostages and easing the humanitarian situation. Moreover, the Qatari delegation led by Minister of State for Foreign Affairs held a bilateral meeting with the Foreign Secretary, Bharat Raj Paudyal, at his office. While expressing satisfaction on the progress made in different sectors, the Foreign Secretary requested for enlisting Nepal in the skilled category for labour supply to Qatar, provide special access to Nepali products in Qatari markets and extend development cooperation through Qatar Fund for Development.