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Nepal panel says no to training diplomats in India

world Updated: Jan 05, 2011 12:28 IST
Utpal Parashar

A parliamentary panel in Nepal has asked the country's foreign ministry to refrain from sending 28 newly recruited diplomats to India for training.

Expressing reservations, the international relations and human rights committee of Nepal parliament asked the ministry of foreign affairs (MoFA) on Tuesday not to go ahead with the training.

The MoFA, which is battling manpower issues, had sent a request to India's external affairs ministry to help train the team of newly recruited officers half of whom are women.

India agreed to conduct a training programme for the team at the New Delhi-based Foreign Service Institute-the same place where Indian Foreign Service officers are trained.

But opposition Maoists in Nepal expressed reservations on the MoFA move fearing that the new officers could get "influenced" with the training provided by the southern neighbour.

Most lawmakers of the parliamentary panel expressed similar views and stated that the training can be imparted in Nepal itself.

But Nepali Congress' Nabindra Raj Joshi said that MoFA should go ahead with the training programme.

"How will our nationality be at stake by sending the officials for a short-term training programme in India?" Joshi was quoted by Republica as questioning the other committee members.

As part of the 10-day training programme, the Nepali diplomats were to learn several issues including diplomatic protocol, workings of international organizations and nuances of international relations.

"We agreed to provide the training as a goodwill gesture since the request came from MoFA. The entire expense of the programme would be borne by India," said Indian Embassy spokesperson Apoorva Srivastava.

Set up in 1986, the Foreign Service Institute has provided training to more than 1600 diplomats from over 100 countries.